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  • Don Shewey

    Thank you, Rob, for sitting down and recording this conversation with the still sharp and sensible Eric Bentley. Bentley was the critic I most wanted to emulate as a young theater journalist. So knowledgeable and yet so friendly and straightforward in his writing. And he didn’t confine his reflections just to the theater. There are two things he wrote that I have remembered and cherished for years: “The only alternative to a sharp tongue is a mealy mouth” (great counsel for critics) and “The world will always invite you to be no one — but you can decline the invitation.”

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