Harold Pinter: On beginning and ending

Paco Pomet, “Storytelling,” 2008, oil on Linen, 110 x 130 cms.

Larissa Bates, “Untitled (After Nicolas Poussin),” 2008, acryla gouache and ink on canvas, 8 by 10 inches.

Here’s an excerpt from Harold Pinter‘s 2005 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech that Monya Rowe includes in the press release for “Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends,” a group show featuring Larissa Bates, Joe Pflieger, Paco Pomet, Mark Schubert and Frances Trombly. �In the play that became ‘The Homecoming‘ I saw a man enter a stark room and ask his question of a younger man sitting on an ugly sofa reading a racing paper. I somehow suspected that A was a father and that B was his son, but I had no proof. This was however confirmed a short time later when B (later to become Lenny) says to A (later to become Max), ‘Dad, do you mind if I change the subject? I want to ask you something. The dinner we had before, what was the name of it? What do you call it? Why don’t you buy a dog? You’re a dog cook. Honest. You think you’re cooking for a lot of dogs.’ So since B calls A ‘Dad’ it seemed to me reasonable to assume that they were father and son. A was also clearly the cook and his cooking did not seem to be held in high regard. Did this mean that there was no mother? I didn’t know. But, as I told myself at the time, our beginnings never know our ends.”

Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends: Larissa Bates, Joe Pflieger, Paco Pomet, Mark Schubert and Frances Trombly,” Monya Rowe, New York, NY. September 10 � October 31. Opening reception: Thursday, September 10, 6 – 8 PM

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  1. Thanks for sharing this insight into the creative process of an author I have admired since high school. So many layers of stories behind any creative output, and all too often we regard only the finished work without pondering how it got there. ("Consumer society" reactions)

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