No Dice When it Comes to Elevator Etiquette

How we behave in empty spaces — and then how we behave in those same spaces when others join us — has always been a fascination of mine.  There’s an “Elevator Dice Theory” arguing that people fill up that confined space in a predictable pattern that models a die face.  One person stands in the center.  Two people take opposing corners.  Three people stand in a diagonal row, and so on.

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What is Wrong with Newt Gingrich's Moon Base?

Of the many people attempting to secure the nomination for the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Newt Gingrich definitely amuses me the most. Not because of the time that he was the first (and thusfar, I believe, only) House Speaker to be penalized $300,000 for ethical wrongdoing. Not because of the way that he served his wife with divorce papers as she lay in the hospital struggling with cancer. Rather, what really gives me the giggles is how he seems to regularly say one thing and then behave in a manner completely inconsistent with what he has said.

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Acting in Slow Motion Creates Perpetual Momentum

One thing amateur actors lack is technique.  Sometimes trying to embed a foreign technique into a new actor can be a challenge.  One of the most important techniques any actor must have is the innate ability to control time and space.  A good actor can speed up time or slow time to a crawl.  Speeding up is easy; slowing down is hard.

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Liviu Ciulei Fills the Empty Space

I met Romanian director and actor Liviu Ciulei while I was a graduate student at Columbia University.  He was teaching directing and Shakespeare and the first thing I learned from him was how to correctly spell his name.  That spelling talent came in handy because when others in the department needed to write Liviu a note, they sought me out for help in composing his name.  Liviu is more fragile today at age 87, but the strength of the name, and his talent, remains within me.

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All Things Flow

As we are unendingly bent by time and oppressively compressed by spaces, we are bound to remember the comprehensive value of what Socrates found in Heracleitus’ claim that “All Things Flow.”  We are always in a state of change.  There is no past or future — there is only the “liquid now” that never remains the same from moment to moment. 

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