Saturday, December 27, 2008
Harold Pinter's Art, Truth and Politics Lecture
Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory [of the artist] since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed. From Harold Pinter's Nobel Lecture on 7 December 2005. Harold Pinter died of cancer on Xmas eve at the age of 78. Pinter was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, poet, political activist, and president of the Central School of Speech and Drama who is best known for his work on The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Betrayal, The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Trial and Sleuth. More on his web site here.