[ilds] the occasional angel & the ladder of alcohol

Vittorio Celentano vcel at ix.netcom.com
Wed Apr 30 19:47:27 PDT 2008



Barry Blye can also be considered a posthumous actor or person In Top Billing from Tales from the Crypt.


"Barry Blye is a frustrated actor who will do anything to get a part. He's been rejected by every acting company because he doesn't have the right look. Bad luck follows him all over. First his girlfriend breaks up with him. Then he's kicked out of his apartment. Then his old rival Winton Robins, who has the look, gets a part in a weird theater's production of Hamlet. Barry goes into a frustrated rage and strangles him to death to take the part. He is shocked when he learns that the theater is really a home for the criminally insane. Barry thought he was auditioning for Hamlet whereas his part was that of Yorick. The insane stage director wanted to produce a Hamlet so real that he needed a real skull for the part of Yorick."



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  On 4/29/2008 12:16 PM, Vittorio Celentano wrote: 
    Yorick reminds me of one episode (Top Billing) in the tv series "Tales from the Crypt"

  I don't know that series, Vittorio.  Feel free to explain.

  I had Pursewarden in mind as a Yorick figure because Pursewarden is profoundly posthumous.  Even when Pursewarden is alive, the other characters discuss him as if he has already become a name and not a person.  

  And then once Pursewarden heads off to the undiscovered country Darley and the rest of the living are left to puzzle out who he was, what he did, and what it meant.  And their answers are ultimately insufficient, as are our own efforts.

  That is curious and most ghostly, I think.  Durrell imagining Pursewarden in 1957 - 1960 is able to imagine some aspect of his own posthumous moment 1990.  

  The Yorick figure also works because Durrell's idea of a writer is very much shaped by his idea of Shakespeare, the Man of Letters--Shakespeare whose works eclipse the small bits of knowledge that we can glean about his life.

  I will let Bill talk more about any of this once he wakes from his afternoon nap.

  Puzzling on--


Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu


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