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March 08, 2011


Rolando Teco

Recently, Drew has introduced me to Friends, a show I never watched when it was on the air. I have to say, one of the things that most impresses me about the show as we work our way through full-season DVDs is the universality of it. It's basically about relationships. And the way they got to that, of course, (big surprise!) is by creating very specific characters and sticking to their truth. The show gets its laughs from the specificity of what we know about these six individuals and the jokes are not riffing on pop culture. I have a feeling its shelf life will be very long indeed.

John Yearley

This is something that used to concern me a lot in my work, but I recently decided not to worry about it. Victorian novels were written in direct response to the issues of their time. There are whole passgaes on things that, without context, make no sense to modern readers (the origin of the cottage industry of annotating those novels). But the novels themselves are as eternal as art gets. They reach through the door of the spectific to get to the universal. Is there any other way to get there?

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