On 29 June I presented a YouTube version of Samuel Beckett’s 1982 television play Nacht und Träume, and in apologizing for its poor quality I recommended that “some enterprising distributor [should] collect [Beckett's television work] on a DVD.” A kind reader writes to point out that just such a DVD was published by the German house of Suhrkamp in 2008; the set includes several television plays written and directed by Beckett for Süddeutschen Rundfunk, as well as a booklet of essays by Gilles Deleuze and Dietmar Kammerer. Those with all-region DVD players can purchase the disk here.
Earlier this week I published “A brief Wallace Shawn primer”; it was, as things on the Internet often are, incomplete even as I posted it. The current Summer 2012 issue of The Paris Review features an extended interview with Shawn by the New Yorker‘s Hilton Als; those interested in American drama will also note that the same issue features an additional extended interview with Tony Kushner by Catherine Steindler. It is available for purchase at the Paris Review‘s Web site here.
Below is Part 2 of the 1948 interview with H.L. Mencken, Part 1 of which I published last week.