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39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  12 reviews
'A series of accidents has brought you this book.
You may think of it not as a book, but as a library, an elevator, an amateur performance in a nearby theatre.
Open it to the table of contents.
Turn to the page that sounds the most interesting to you.
Read a sentence or two.
Repeat the process.
Read this book as a creative act, and feel encouraged.'
39 Microlectures: In
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 14th 2000 by Routledge (first published March 8th 2000)
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Jim Duignan
An inspirational manifesto on wondering and wandering. It is truly an elevator.
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I finished this book months ago. Months! It supposed to be about the processes of theatre creation, or things that have inspired Matthew Goulish in his creations.
It made me think about certain theatre books that have a way of speaking that is more "scientific", systematic and justified; while others are more in the style of "oh, yes, we are artists, and we see everything in a very poetic way, it is wonderful, now let's talk about how trees grow and water is blue. Very poetic, yes." This book is
Robert Allan
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I read it wrong.

This book, as the author warns us in its introduction, like most bibles, is not designed to be read cover to cover, but rather to be referred to as and when it takes the reader's fancy. However, I did the opposite, and simply read from the first word to the last. As such, I did not experience any narrative or flow; it seemed erratic and disjointed, moving from passages that moved me into chapters that simply left me confounded. But then, I did it wrong.

It will definitely
Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: artists
This book is wonderful. It is short, which I often appreciate in books.

When I was studying performance with Goat Island, they emphasized that time is a material: if you have ten minutes on a bus to develop work, consider that span of time as one of your materials with which to construct it. This book is best read in 10 minute fragments on noisy buses.

If you are an artist of any kind, you should read this book.

This book loses 1/4 of a star (not shown above) because it was printed in blue ink. It
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My favorite professor in college, one of my favorite books. Such a wealth of knowledge and experience packed into a small book. His interests span literature, theatre, music, art, architecture... I would bet anyone could find a moment of inspiration within Matthew Goulish's words. This book is like a supercharged condensation of months of learning at an expensive school, packaged and available to all at a much more reasonable price point. Highly recommended. Amazing. ...more
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I love that this book opened up the landscape of possibility of what a book can be -- it can be an elevator, or an answer from the inside, or night. It can entered at any point and put down at any point. This book is zuihitsu. The only section I had trouble with was Women and Directing -- it was a typical response to a legitimate question about privilege. (But I'm don't see myself as a man, but a creature from the black lagoon.) ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
By a founding member of theater company Goat Island. Lots of food for thought. Encourages you to take a non-linear approach to reading it. Rewards repeated viewing. Easy to just open up to any page and find something to get your mind going. More philosophical than practical. "A series of accidents has brought you to this book. ...Read this book as a creative act, and feel encouraged." I do! ...more
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Before I even knew Matthew Goulish or really anything about him, I once proclaimed that I loved him. This proclamation actually got back to him, and it was told to me that he blushed in response. Let me clarify: I like Matthew Goulish; I love his name.

But this book is as inspiring as he is. A la Goulish, I invite you to read at least part of it.
A wonderful book for artists, performers, writers and other creative literate people. I actually cried a couple times from feeling so moved by his and others' thoughts on creative process. I got this book from the library, but I would love to have it in my collection. ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: theater
Well, all I can say is that this was a bit of a disappointment. What the hell was he talking about? it just struck me as a bunch of floating analyses, clever wordplay that seemed to do little to further any actual practices of performance and a lot to make the writer seem clever clever clever.
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
1. this book smells incredibly good
2. he mentions Kalamazoo, MI more than once
3. it's random. you can read it in any order you want
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