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American writers’ punchup

There’s a good ol’ barney sparked by Neil Labute.

Labute throws a good left hook. Calling writers pussies for not tackling the greater world around them. Audiences as wimps too.
George Hunka takes the hit and throws a one-two combination back citing several American counter examples.

They then trade a few blows on the blog (do check it out) before scaling back the blows as they both probably fight on the same side.

But. Then. Into the ring. Naomi “upper cut” Wallace. With kick ass power she reels off a list of deeply engaged writing, enthusiastic audiences of The People Speak Project and claims Labute is myopic.

But NL is out of the ring and simply awaits a Wallace play back in the USA. He wants to be shown how it’s done.
I’ve got to scurry away outta the audience and finish writing my play (and several more) before I’m worthy to get in the ring with these bruisers.

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2 Responses to “American writers’ punchup”

  1. Andrew Haydon on January 20th, 2008

    Lord. Have you seen the LaBute at the Bush? If I were him, I’d be keeping a very low profile until its run finished and all remaining copies of the script had been pulped.

  2. Ben on January 21st, 2008

    Haven’t seen the Labute at the Bush yet but going in early Feb, I’ve not actually seen much of his work but he’s definitely continuing to cause a bit of a stir…

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