Tuesday, October 03, 2017


What Do You Want To Do?

Deirdre Bair, Samuel Beckett: A Biography (1978; rpt. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), p. 145 (brackets in original), with note on p. 662:
Lowenfels expounded on his theory of anonymity at great length, especially in the relationship of art to the desolate condition of society. Beckett, according to Lowenfels, nodded, but said nothing:
Finally I [Lowenfels] burst out, "You sit there saying nothing while the world is going to pieces. What do you want? What do you want to do?"

He [Beckett] crossed his long legs and drawled, "Walter, all I want to do is sit on my ass and fart and think of Dante."25
25 "Ibid." I.e. (from note 24) Walter Lowenfels, "The Paris Years, 1926-1934", Expatriate Review, No. 1 (Summer 1971), p. 13.
An appropriate verse for Beckett to meditate on might have been Inferno 21.139:
ed elli avea del cul fatto trombetta.


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