Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Artaud

"All true language
is incomprehensible,
Like the chatter
of a beggar’s teeth. "

And

"It is almost impossible to be a doctor and an honest man, but it is obscenely impossible to be a psychiatrist without at the same time bearing the stamp of the most incontestable madness: that of being unable to resist that old atavistic reflex of the mass of humanity, which makes any man of science who is absorbed by this mass a kind of natural and inborn enemy of all genius."

Who here has read Artaud? He is fantastic. Was fantastic, in every sense of the word. If you haven't, here is a wee wee taster. He was diagnosed as a schizophrenic, but the current consensus appears that he would be in the manic-depressive camp if he was around today. NOT THAT IT MAKES ANY BLOODY DIFFERENCE.

First link is to quotes, and that is the one to click. Second is to biography, if you are still interested.

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edit, if any of you are film buffs, he holds the cross in the Falconetti silent version of Joan of Arc.

p.s. Thank you Miss G for introducing me to Mr A.

3 comments:

Marian said...

I wrote a paper on Le théâtre et son double. Foundation course, theatre theory, 1989. I barely remember it. Thanks for the links! Will have a look at them.

Marian said...

Wrong year. 1982 it was...

differentlysane said...

"Insane people go to see a psychiatrist;
Truly insane people become psychiatrists" ;-) !

Great post - has given me an idea for a post too.