Monday, October 17, 2011

Remembering Arthur Miller (1915-2005)





















[William H. Gass, Allen Ginsberg, and Arthur Miller in an elevator in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1985, (in the apartment building where Fyodor Dostoevsky once lived) - 
 The three  were part of a delegation of American witers who made a tour of the Soviet Union that year. The  delegation also included Susan Sontag, Harrison Salisbury and Louis Auchincloss.

You all know Arthur Miller? - Death of A Salesman? The Crucible? - Marilyn's guy! - he was born 96 years ago today. He was, aside from being a pre-eminent playwright, a tireless activist (particularly in his activities alongside Allen on various iniatives spearheaded by the PEN Club - he was elected the first American president of International PEN in 1965).

Here's Miller in 1971 on Canadian television. Here's Miller in conversation with his name-sake Jonathan Miller on (BBC's) "The Atheism Tapes". Here's Miller in conversation with another tv pundit, Charlie Rose.
And we leave you with Miller, in 1963, considering the phenomena of human suffering.

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