Horton Foote

i wrote about beauty the other day….

but only posted pictures of what I thought was beautiful.

that only catches a glimpse of beauty for me, so i thought i would backtrack and actually share things i find beautiful.

the first would have to be this piece of music which has captivated me since i first heard it in middle school.  It’s the Agnus Dei set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

in the same vein that i find that hauntingly beautiful, i also find this song.

i find great beauty in the words of e.e. cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
wich is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

i take great pleasure in the art of Barton Damer

and of Wassily Kandinsky

Mark Rothko

and Jackson Pollock

i adore the scripts of playwrights Horton Foote, David Mamet, & Tom Stoppard

i love the cinematic mastery of Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers

i find beautiful the dark prose of Cormac McCarthy

“He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.”

and i find amazing the wonderful words of William Shakespeare.

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends

those are a few things i find beautiful.  i always look for the beauty and the redemptive qualities in anything i view.  art is created by broken people and although it sometimes is not “family friendly” it can still hold beauty.   all art eventually points me to what is behind the beauty.  it’s not the destination, it just points me in the right direction.


since i wrote about theatre yesterday…

i thought i would expand on it today.  by sharing with you my very favorite playwrite.


Horton Foote. (b. March 14, 1916)  perhaps best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film, To Kill a Mockingbird for which he received an Academy Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play, The Young Man From Atlanta.(Wikipedia)

to me Foote is the most famous person ever to come out of Wharton, TX(yes, more famous to me than Dan Rather).  he still lives there during the off-season. he also won the Academy award for Tender Mercies starring Robert Duvall. he lost the Tony to Albert Uhry. or he would have been the only playwrite to have won the Pulitzer, the Oscar and the Tony, instead Urhy beat him to that distinction although i believe The Young Man from Atlanta is a far better play than The Last Night of Ballyhoo.  i never got to meet him although we lived there for two years, although i know he lived right behind the First Baptist Church.  the local theatre company is named the Foote Lighters in his honor and many of his plays set in the fictional town of Harrison, TX are really about people in and around Wharton and Hungerford.

i first was entranced by Foote in high school when our One Act Play did “The Dancers”  a beautiful coming of age story about two outcasts who find one another in a small Texas town. i went on to direct this play two times at different schools  as David Mamet would say, there are no good actors, only good plays.  although his plays aren’t considered “deep” the are beautiful, sincere and authentic.  not just good plays.  great plays.

so thank you Horton Foote for enhancing my theatre experience.