Allow Me To Use This Space To Express My Opinion That I Have Too Many Spaces To Express My Opinions

So, as I have mentioned more often than is dignified, I have a theater company. Specifically, an online theater company we started in 2020. We did well critically in our first season, but the opposite of well in terms of making any money. We were also really bad at even breaking even. Frankly, we weren’t … More Allow Me To Use This Space To Express My Opinion That I Have Too Many Spaces To Express My Opinions

A Pedantic Few Words About Conflating Irrational and Insane

I’m no expert in…well the list is too long to leave here, but military matters and deep insights into despots number among them. But I think people who believe Putin has gone crazy do so at their peril. I mean, he is clearly a sociopath, which is a kind of insanity. But that’s not new. … More A Pedantic Few Words About Conflating Irrational and Insane

You Can’t Go Home Again (The Thought of Repacking Alone Will Stop You)

By Jack Canfora I normally post on Thursdays, but as you’ll see, I was busy. I hope you don’t mind me barging in on you like this on a Sunday. Yesterday, I stepped out the door of my childhood home for the final time. I moved there in early 1978 (I distinctly recall thinking at … More You Can’t Go Home Again (The Thought of Repacking Alone Will Stop You)

Context > Texting

I’ll start with a tangent (can you begin with a tangent? If you’re starting with it, by definition it’s the thing your discussing. Anyway): today in the American Northeast, January is wearing the look that earned it its street cred: impossibly depressing wet snow that can’t even reach the muddy dead grass without corroding into … More Context > Texting

Must Great Artists Act Like Bad People? Joan Didion Had Some Thoughts

By Jack Canfora Ok, just to be clear, this isn’t a post debating the merits and debits of cancel culture. At all. So, let’s all take a cleansing breath to celebrate that. However, the recent passing of the peerless writer Joan Didion got me to thinking about what it takes to be a great writer … More Must Great Artists Act Like Bad People? Joan Didion Had Some Thoughts

A Post For Those Who Find The Holidays Challenging

By Jack Canfora (But not really – someone way better – and best of all – departed long enough to free me of any copyright issues! Besides, the letter is written to someone named Kappus, which I repeatedly misread as Krappus, so that’s comic gold right there… Rome, 23 December 1903 My dear Mr Kappus, … More A Post For Those Who Find The Holidays Challenging

What The “Get Back” Documentary Taught Me About The Nature of Creativity and Friendship

Ok, buckle up; this is a long one. Here are but some of my thoughts on the recent release of the groundbreaking documentary about the Beatles in their final days, “Get Back.” Spoiler alerts ahead, BTW. First off, if you’re a casual fan of the band, if you watch this 8 1/2 hour Odyssey, I’d … More What The “Get Back” Documentary Taught Me About The Nature of Creativity and Friendship

I Hope This Will Bore You (And Frankly, I Like My Chances)

By Jack Canfora The president of Netflix (I didn’t even know they had a president; I thought they were a constitutional monarchy) once said, “Our competition isn’t the other streaming platforms; our competition is sleep.” Which, when I read that, really crystallized for me something about how we live. So many of us have become … More I Hope This Will Bore You (And Frankly, I Like My Chances)

What’s the Point?

By Jack Canfora This evening, I will have a (virtual) table read of a new play of mine. I think it has promise, but for me, and I think I’m not alone in this among playwrights, until I hear it out loud, I can’t be sure. Reading it is different from hearing. Unlike, say, novels … More What’s the Point?

“Oh God. It’s One Of Those Days And I’m Not Even Out of Bed. Help!”

By Jack Canfora First of all: I’m so sorry to hear that. There are few feelings that can sink us lower. However, a surprising amount of us have been in your shoes before. Well, not your shoes, as you’re still in bed, but you get my point. Not only have many of us been there before, … More “Oh God. It’s One Of Those Days And I’m Not Even Out of Bed. Help!”