"Men die and they are not happy." That's the trouble with the world, as summed up by Camus's Caligula. I think he got the order of events wrong, but otherwise the line rings true. I, for instance, went to the theater several times this week, and was unhappy there for a good many minutes. And yet I always thought the theater was created to make people happier. Nor am I setting myself against the tide: At various points, I observed a great many people around me being equally unhappy, in ways the perpetrators didn't intend. No one has the right, of course, to guess at artists' intentions; but part of this week's misery has come from their being all too obvious, thumped at the audience with all the subtlety and wrongheadedness of a Giuliani police force. Believe me, you don't want your attention... More >>>