Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action. Emerson
The science of sex and happiness
BY DAVE ROSS, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
The latest study about sex and happiness was designed by Professor George Loewenstein who teaches psychology at Carnegie Mellon and firmly believes that married couples are happier when they have more sex.
But he had never tested whether the sex itself was the reason. So Professor Loewenstein found 64 married couples and paid them to carefully document how many times they had sex and how happy they were.
And then he randomly assigned half of the couples some homework — which was to double the number of times they had sex for a three-month period.
And to his surprise, the happiness level among the couples making twice as much love was actually slightly lower than the couples who just did what they'd been doing.
The problem with the study is probably that sex just isn't as much fun when you're doing it because a professor told you to — although that might be a line worth trying.
But the other problem is that sex is the kind of homework where a lot depends on how you approach it. Some people will make an effort — candles, wine, and twin bathtubs on the beach? But some people are lazy. They'll just set the homework timer — "OK, get over here..."
Which is why I think that maybe it's time just to stop happiness studies. Not just the ones about sex, but especially those studies that keep finding Denmark is the happiest country in the world. We can't all move to Denmark. And if you already live in Denmark, it's like being told "Hey — this is as good as it gets." Either way you're unhappier than before you read the study.
In fact, it seems to me that nothing makes people unhappier than trying to be happy
NYCPlaywrights June 13, 2015
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So thank you very much for everything.”
*** FREE THEATER ***
Join us for a free reading on Sunday June 14th at 7:00pm
CAP 21 -- 18 West 18th Street, NYC
5th Floor, Studio 505
Mama's Gonna Buy You
by Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by Jade King Carroll
A play about race, entitlement, and who "deserves" to be a parent
*** PLAYWRIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES ***
PICK OF THE VINE – Season 14 (2016)
Little Fish Theatre is accepting scripts for our 14th Annual PICK OF THE VINE short play production to be presented in January-February 2016.
Only ONE play may be submitted per playwright. There is no submission fee.
The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from March 20 – April 2, 2016. One playwright will be chosen for a two week residency during this period. These residencies are structured around a series of public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass Amherst graduate students and performed by undergraduate actors. The two week workshop term allows time for exploration in rehearsal and the generation of new material.
Overtime Theater Call for Submissions 2016
Devoted solely to producing new and original work, we are particularly interested in bold and innovative plays that are challenging and entertaining.
We are seeking unproduced original work, adaptations of films and novels, translations and adaptations of classic works, musicals, comedies, tragedies, melodramas, kitchen sink musical comedies, operas, light operas, operettas, soft rock operas, heavy metal boulevard farces and many other forms hitherto unknown.
If you can imagine it, then we will make it happen.
*** FOR MORE INFORMATION on these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***
*** THEATER AND PHILOSOPHY ***
An unrehearsed, dramatic read-through of the text we'll be discussing on ep. 117, a Greek tragedy written around 441 BCE, telling the myth of the cursed line of Oedipus, mother-f*#king king of Thebes. Featuring Mark, Seth, Wes, and Dylan, plus special guest starts Lucy Lawless as Antigone, Paul Provenza as Creon, Alice Sinclair as Ismene, and John Castro as Haimon.
The Clouds is a comedy written by the celebrated playwright Aristophanes lampooning intellectual fashions in classical Athens. It was originally produced at the City Dionysia in 423 BC and it was not well received, coming last of the three plays competing at the festival that year. It was revised between 420-417 BC and thereafter it was circulated in manuscript form. No copy of the original production survives, and scholarly analysis indicates that the revised version is an incomplete form of Old Comedy. This incompleteness, however, is not obvious in translations and modern performances. The Clouds can be considered not only the world's first extant 'comedy of ideas' but also a brilliant and successful example of that genre. The play gained notoriety for its caricature of Socrates ever since its mention in Plato's Apology as a factor contributing to the philosopher's trial and execution.
THE CLOUDS script
The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music
(German: Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik)
…is an 1872 work of dramatic theory by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It was reissued in 1886 as The Birth of Tragedy, Or: Hellenism and Pessimism (Die Geburt der Tragödie, Oder: Griechentum und Pessimismus). The later edition contained a prefatory essay, An Attempt at Self-Criticism, wherein Nietzsche commented on this earliest book.
Horatio’s Philosophy in HAMLET
By Andrew Hui,
“There are,” says a poet as ingenious as profound, “more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in our philosophy.” This sentiment, which Genius accidentally let drop, is in the main applicable also to the philosophy of our own day; and, with a slight modification, I shall be ready to adopt it as my own. The only change that is requisite to make it available for my purpose would be the addition—“ and also between heaven and earth there are many things which are not dreamt of in our philosophy.” And exactly because philosophy, for the most part, does nothing but dream — scientifically dream, it may be - therefore it is ignorant,ay, has no inkling even of much which, nevertheless, in all propriety it ought to know. — Friedrich von Schlegel
One of the most interesting, yet unexplored, cruxes in HAMLET occurs when the Prince famously retorts, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy” (Q2,1.4.165 – 66). Schlegel must have read the Folio, for it reads “ our philosophy” (F 1.5.166 – 67, my emphasis). What is the significance of this pronominal discrepancy? Does “your ” refer to Horatio himself, is it indefinite or plural? If we take it as “our,” is the first-person plural inclusive or exclusive? Is Hamlet’s philosophy commensurate with Horatio’s? The difference of one printed letter opens up a field of philosophical questions about the play.
Usually when Shakespeare uses the word philosophy, he does so in the conventional stoic sense — a calm understanding of life’s vagaries that prevents suffering from lapsing into madness or despair…
Frederick Delano "Fred" Newman (June 17, 1935 – July 3, 2011) was an American philosopher, psychotherapist, playwright and political activist, and creator of a therapeutic modality called Social Therapy.
Newman was co-founder (1983), Artistic Director (1989–2005), and Playwright-in-Residence of the Castillo Theatre in New York. The theater – named for the Guatemalan poet Otto René Castillo – has served as the primary venue for the production of the 30 plays Newman has written since the 1980s, four of which were written for and performed at annual conventions of the American Psychological Association beginning in 1996. Newman has described the Castillo Theatre as a "sister" organization to his social therapy clinics and institutes where he also employs Vygotsky's methodological approach.
The Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht
Western Michigan University, email@example.com
Bertolt Brecht is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in Twentieth Century literature. An acclaimed poet, he is best known as a playwright and director. His 'epic theatre' revolutionized the theatre by creating radical breaks from traditional literary and theatrical form. These radical breaks were done in an effort to facilitate radical social change. Specifically, Brecht designed his epic theatre as a revolutionary aesthetic which would help bring about the advent of a Marxist revolution. There is a broad corpus of academic work which analyzes the formalistic elements of his work. However, this body of work has been severely limited by a formalistic understanding of Brecht's thought and work and neglects his unique
philosophical contributions to Marxism. This dissertation serves to remedy this by reconstructing Brecht's social and political philosophy into a single theoretical framework.
Albert Camus 7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The Rebel" that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom.
Plays by Camus
Caligula is a play written by Albert Camus, begun in 1938 (the date of the first manuscript 1939) and published for the first time in May 1944 by Éditions Gallimard. The play was later the subject of numerous revisions. It was part of what the author called the "Cycle of the Absurd", with the novel The Stranger (1942) and the essay The Myth of Sisyphus (1942). A number of critics have reported the piece to be existentialist; however, Camus always denied belonging to this philosophy. Its plot revolves around the historical figure of Caligula, a Roman Emperor famed for his cruelty and seemingly insane behavior.
REQUIEM FOR A NUN
Based on the novel by William Faulkner
THE STATE OF SIEGE
The Just Assassins (Les Justes) (1949)
The Possessed (Les Possédés, adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel Demons) (1959)
King Henry V
(EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU SHOULD READ THIS ONE....PREFERABLY ON YOUR FEET, WAVING A SWORD, SHOUTING TO YOUR EXHAUSTED TROOPS)
On the morning of 25 October 1415, shortly before the Battle of Agincourt, Henry V made a brief speech to the English army under his command, emphasizing the justness of his claim to the French throne and hearkening back to the memory of previous defeats the English kings had inflicted on the French. According to Burgundian sources, he concluded the speech by telling the English longbowmen that the French had boasted that they would cut off two fingers from the right hand of every archer, so they could never draw a string again.
In Shakespeare's account, King Henry begins his speech in response to Westmoreland's expressions of dismay at the English army's lack of troop strength. Henry rouses his men by expressing his confidence that they would triumph, and that the 'band of brothers' fighting that day would be able to boast each year on St. Crispin's Day of their glorious battle against the French. Shakespeare's inclusion of Westmoreland is however unhistorical as he was not present during Henry's 1415 French campaign.
King Henry V speaks
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'
Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.”
THE BOOK OF FUNNY, ODD AND INTERESTING THINGS THAT PEOPLE SAY
John William Tuohy
Users profiles on various dating sites
Feel free to interact with me. All my shots are current!
You must be over 5’10” to read this profile.
I bathe every day!
Is this thing like eBay?
Shopping for Guys – And They Said There Was No Such Store!
Since light travels faster than sound, is that why some people appear bright until they speak?
I'm like poop. The older I get the easier I am to pick up!
Coffee, Chocolate, and Men - some things are just better rich.
I believe in dragons, good men, and other fantasy creatures.
Willing to lie about how we met!
How many more frogs do I have to kiss to find my prince?
Ok, I'm here. Now what's your other two wishes?
Love is a sweet dream and marriage is the alarm clock.
Ready for the three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffering.
Girls are like phones. They like to be held and talked to, but if you press the wrong button you'll be disconnected.
Willing to share the remote!
Cute?.... Yes!! Sexy?.... Yes!! Smart?.... Yes!! Rich?.... Well 3 of 4 is a good start!
Boyfriends make good pets. Every girl should have one.
We make a perfect couple: I've got the brains and you've got the body
Tired of shopping the Damaged Goods department.
Want to meet a guy whose IQ is bigger than his shoe size!
I'm the best singer in my car!
You can't ALL be the one I'm looking for!
Very sexy... with the right backlighting.
Looking for a man with a large bulge in his back right pocket.
(on LavaLife) Only you can save me from joining eHarmony!
Finding a good man is like nailing Jello to a tree!
I'll jump on Oprah's couch for you!
Down to earth Angel seeks wings
New girl on the block needs a tour guide
Looking to write a new chapter in my book of life
Take me to the moon. I’m not a halfway kinda girl
If FUN was a MUST then I must be the one you’re looking for.
Bright spark looking to ignite shared paths
Over 280,000 women looking for a relationship and all I want is one.
If I could arrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together!
Any good e-males out there?
Just like a new job, I offer excellent benefits.
Life's a journey, not a destination...but it would be nice to have a freaking compass once in a while...
No expectations, no disappointments.
Some people walk in the rain while other people just get wet.
Communication is more than words.
Strangers are friends waiting to be made.
Stand in your own space and know you are there.
Beauty fades, substance doesn’t.
We don't know what we're missing until it arrives.
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
and the number one most philosophical profile subject header....
The worst prison is a closed heart.
Why is it that a sliced piece of bread always falls butter side down?
I hope you want a cavity.
World's smallest dog lives here. Admission: $5
You kidnapped my pig!
Leave me alone, I'm PMSing!
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
I'm the neatest, most sweetest, end product of a fetus.
The voices in my head are scaring me!
We were all born to die
Ashes to ashes; dust to dust; Life is short, so party we must.
Good morning, good afternoon, and if I don’t see you, good night.
There are 10 pins in my heart....care to go for a strike?
I’ve got a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.
If only a closed mind came with a closed mouth.
Sherlock aint got nothing on me!
You can’t make me put anything here.
I never grow older cause I drink from waterfalls.
Never thought I’d have an admirer from overseas, but somebody’s sending me stationary filled with chimpanzees.
I want Mr. Sensitivity since Mr. Right doesn’t exist!
Where is my plastic surgeon?
Did you know that 1 in 12 kids gets their head stuck in a bucket?
I’m the Love Pirate and I'm here for your booty!
and the number one strangest profile header we found...
My prince took the wrong turn, got lost, and was too damn stubborn to ask for directions
I will judge you on how well you parallel park.
Drinking coffee out of plastic makes you impotent.
I’d date me if I could!
Whenever I feel blue I start breathing again.
Do we go on 3 or is it 1, 2, 3, then go?
Don’t be a mushroom. I hate mushrooms.
Only boring people get bored. Bored yet?
If I could rearrange the alphabet, “I” would be at the top.
Beauty Fades. Dumb is Forever.
I dont suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
Life is like a can of corn...
Fuzzy inside out
Did you buy that at the dollar store?
Just because you put wheels on my grandmother, does not make her a bus.
I feel you dancing in my chest!
Looking for the female version of yourself?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
I could drink a case of you... and still I'd be on my feet.
I’m candy-coated with a soft chewy center.
If you make a cow laugh, will milk come out of its nose?
I never run out of things to say unless my batteries die.
You like stuff? I like stuff too. Looks like we have stuff in common!
If we were Scrabble tiles, you’d be U and I’d be I, making U and I.
By the time you read this you will have already read this.
Don’t let me fall asleep because clowns will eat me.
There are three kinds of people. Those who can count and those who can’t.
Last night I laid down in bed, looked up at the stars, and thought ‘where the hell is my ceiling’?
If I’ve caught your eye then it’s probably a marble one
Pick Me! Pick Me!
So, you wanna make out?
Romantic men seem to be extinct. If you're extinct, contact me now.
Guys who just want sex need not apply.
Looking for a summer fling.
Really not interested in a guy who's old enough to be my father.
Just because I don't have a picture doesn't mean I'm not good looking!
I need a husband!
I vowed to try this for two weeks. I expire soon!
I am possessive and emotionally demanding.
I want a date that loves Jesus and thin crust pizza.
I need a foot massage. You must like to give them.
I'm cute. Buy me dinner.
“‘Would you suggest writing as a career?’ one of the young students asked me.
‘Are you trying to be funny?’ I asked him.
‘No, no, I’m serious. Would you advise writing as a career?’
‘Writing chooses you, you don’t choose it.’”
Charles Bukowski, Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness
Good words to have
Charlatan: One making false claim to having a certain expertise; a fraud or quack. From French charlatan, from Italian ciarlatano, from cerretano (an inhabitant of Cerreto). Cerreto is a village in Umbria, Italy, once known for its quacks. An alternate etymology pins the origin of the term on the Italian ciarlare (to chatter), of imitative origin. Perhaps the word charlatan is a blend of the two, as charlatans are known for chattering.
“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.” Neil Gaiman
By W. S. Merwin
William Stanley Merwin (born September 30, 1927) is an American poet, credited with over fifty books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin's writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands' rainforests.
Merwin has received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (in both 1971 and 2009), the National Book Award for Poetry (2005) and the Tanning Prize, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings. In 2010, the Library of Congress named Merwin the seventeenth United States Poet Laureate to replace the outgoing Kay Ryan. Following his receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2009, Merwin is recognized as one of the principal contributors to poetry in the early 21st century.
My friend says I was not a good son
I say yes I understand
he says I did not go
to see my parents very often you know
and I say yes I know
even when I was living in the same city he says
maybe I would go there once
a month or maybe even less
I say oh yes
he says the last time I went to see my father
I say the last time I saw my father
he says the last time I saw my father
he was asking me about my life
how I was making out and he
went into the next room
to get something to give me
oh I say
feeling again the cold
of my father's hand the last time
he says and my father turned
in the doorway and saw me
look at my wristwatch and he
said you know I would like you to stay
and talk with me
oh yes I say
but if you are busy he said
I don't want you to feel that you
just because I'm here
I say nothing
he says my father
you have important work you are doing
or maybe you should be seeing
somebody I don't want to keep you
I look out the window
my friend is older than I am
he says and I told my father it was so
and I got up and left him then
though there was nowhere I had to go
and nothing I had to do
I’m teaching myself Spanish, this is what I learned today;
Mi vida es un lío y no sé qué hacer.
My life is a mess and I don’t know what to do.
“It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.” Kahlil Gibran
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
“The infinite wonders of the universe are revealed to us in exact measure as we are capable of receiving them. The keenness of our vision depends not on how much we can see, but on how much we feel” Helen Keller