Hopwood Lecture by John Patrick Shanley

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I’m looking for a mighty forum, a Parthenon, where I can express my story. And I’m looking for the story. I’m looking for the story of my life. I’m looking to tell you how I feel, who I am, what I am, in some kind of spiritually useful way. But I have to confess to you that I’m feeling cramped.

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John Patrick ShanleyHopwood LectureApril 22, 2010DiscomfortIm looking for a mighty forum, a Parthenon, where I can express my story. And Im looking for the story. Im looking for the story of my life. Im looking to tell you how I feel, who I am, what I am, in some kind of spiritually useful way. But I have to confess to you that Im feeling cramped.This modern life is crowding me. Fences everywhere. Fences in my head. Fences to keep me out, to protect me, to protect the people on the other side of the fence FROM me. Warnings everywhere, on buildings, on bottles, on books, even on toys. Im seeing a lot of red lights, stop signs, no parking, prohibitions, police tape, barricades. And faces that say no way, dont do it, dont say it, dont act it, hold back, lighten up, stay away, text me and for the love of whatevers holy in heaven, dont touch me. Im feeling the overproduction. Too much stuff. The distance between whats brand new and wonderful, and whats completely useless garbage has narrowed to the width of a salesmans smile. I feel like I have a million CDs and no music. Among other things, overproduction has destroyed my deep love for money. Remember when money was fun, spending it was fun, getting it was fun, counting it was fun? Remember that old good money that made you feel happy? Remember that fat fistful of silver coins you occasionally had that rang with the upbeat melody of prosperity? Remember that good old

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