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Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness: Essays, A Play, Two Poems and a Prayer

Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness: Essays, A Play, Two Poems and a Prayer [Kindle Edition]

Tony Kushner
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The first collection of writings from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America. Includes Slavs!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 155936100X
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (1 April 1995)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BKK5AW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,208,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply thought provoking on 20th century issues 15 Mar 2001
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Tony Kushner is one of the 20th century's most inspiring playwrights and in this collection of his pieces he truly touches upon a nerve of anyone living in today's world where love, partnerships and happiness seem to have become something so different to those of generations before us. This collection is deeply moving and inspiring, dealing with a complex array of different issues. A truly thought provoking and moving piece of literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talking about "Thinking about..." 31 Dec 2002
By Justin Perkins - Published on
This book, a compilation of many short works, is truly one of Kushner's gems. And though, certainly, none of these pieces attains the truly unique, Kushnerian glory of "Angels" (but Good God, does *anything*?) they are most definitely not to be put aside too hastily.
His essays are enlightening, witty and thought-provoking, reminiscent of his drama. And though there are a few that I, admittedly, skip over periodically, most of them are fun, if slightly heavy, short reads.
"Slavs!" is not one of Kushner's best plays, but I must recommend spending some time with it. Like "Angels" and "Bright Room" (and indeed, everything he writes or says), "Slavs!" is dense with political theory, history and humanity. And while it may seem forgettable at first glance (and even second... I acted in it a few months ago, and trust me, it takes a few readings to truly appreciate it) it proves its worth.
Now I come to my favorite parts of the book: Kushner's poems. "An Epithalimion" holds a place (in my mind, at least) among his best writings. This poem is absolutely *alive* with imagery, both visual and emotional. To risk sounding like the cheesiest person ever, reading it just makes me happy; I can't recommend it highly enough. "Second Month of Mourning," too, is beautiful, but in exactly the opposite way: it's truly heart-breaking.
Kushner's prayer that concludes the compilation is one of my favorite pieces ever, ever. It thrills me to read it. It, like all the other works in this book, fits Kushner's mold perfectly: it is joyful and heart-breaking, political and scientific, historical and philosophical. It is the perfect end to this collection.
I have recommended this book to all of my friends, whether or not they are fans of Kushner (though everyone should be a fan of Kushner), and do the same to you. Buy it, read it, love it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars assembling a book, like baking lasagna 19 Jun 2000
By Griffin Epstein - Published on
Kushner (perhaps the greatest poetic/playwright genius of our time) has assembled some of his more marginal works (though few of his works actually are marginal) and some of his most brilliant in this collection of "essays, a play, two poems and a prayer." having read all of his plays, including his Tony Award Winning "Angels in America" two part masterpiece, i have to say that SLAVS, while it present a brilliant message, isnt the best of his works. Sometimes, also, these essays can be repetitive. however, some are brilliant, spiced with new meaning and metaphor, different ways of viewing the evils of capitalism and our society. They concern sex and life (as one? as a duality?), love, politics and food. (can we live without any of the above. the answer is never presented, but it must be a resounding no). best of all is Kushner's prayer, at the end of the book, which was delivered on the national prayer for aids day. full of anger and grace, compliance and vengence, this prayer eloquently asks and reasks the questions within all of us, directly to "God." this book provides one of the most provocative and brilliant commentaries that i have seen in recent years.
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By Gail L. Renardson - Published on
Mr. Kushner's compassion never comes off as sentimental but feels true and above all his writings, regardless of the mode, make one think.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure... 26 Feb 2012
By Thebooksthething - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So I am not sure if I misunderstood but I was under the impression the play Slavs! Was in this book. However, upon wireless purchase to my kindle I have not been able to find it :( the rest of the book is a wonderful read (especially if you are a Kushman fan) I just wish I could find the play.
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