Look, lovely lurkers, I know I very recently made a brilliant and comprehensive Link List post, but I’ll tell ya: I feel the need to post this one for you too, and I’ll tell you why (my reasons are twofold):
1) I was inspired by my Creativity and Innovation class last night. They had three reading assignments from the past couple weeks under their belts, and I sat them down at the beginning of class and said, “Hey, let’s talk about our readings.” What ensued was a fricking hour and a half of good discussion, of all the readings and then some. I mean…seriously. No blank stares, no “I didn’t do it,” just rich conversation. And they also made connections between the readings and previous ones, and with their current assignment. It’s just…really. I throw readings at you and you a) synthesize, and b) engage in stimulating conversation? Wow. That’s college. Or should be, anyway.
2) I was digging through some archives from the stage combat course at Metro which hasn’t run for the past couple years and rediscovered many excellent resources besides (ahem) my book, which were very worth a re-read. Since so many of you lovely lurkers are new followers, too, you won’t have gotten these from me before.
Without further ado: these are all required readings for my stage combat students. Since I have none right now, you all are them. Yer welcome.
Ne’er the Twain: an excellent scholarly musing about the martial and theatrical arts dichotomy.
David Bordwell compares Bond vs. Chan, showing what constitutes a good fight scene in cinema.
Striking Distance is actually a recent article from American Theatre magazine, which deconstructs different flavors of direct and indirect violence onstage.
5 Ways to Fight Like Mamet Writes. The title says it all, methinks.
Oh, and bonus points if you know from where I took the title of this post.
(The below meme was posted by a Metro student on the class blog.)