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Publisher Description

Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: "On lice," "On sleeping in the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind)," "Greek masks and Bell's palsy."

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life.

Arts & Entertainment
September 2
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Customer Reviews

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Thought Provoking

I have been reading Ruhl's plays while simultaneously reading this collection of essays. It is helpful to learn some of the playwright's values and considerations to dramatic writing--it's mostly enjoyable to feel invited into Ruhl's private thoughts as a writer. Ruhl's plays provoke my imagination and curiosity; this collection of essays has the same impact. As a playwright, I would have liked more information on Ruhl's craft as a playwright and pedagogical approach as a teacher, but there is something charming about her holistic approach to the essays. A playwright is not only a playwright--all aspects of life affect writing. Ruhl does a great job of demonstrating how life compliments, disrupts, inspires, and challenges writing for the stage. Ruhl is one of our most poetic and imaginative contemporary playwrights. If you enjoy her plays or enjoy learning about playwriting (though the information found here is sparse), this book is a must read.

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