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  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    do you want to read The Metamorphosis but you 1) are scared of bugs? or 2) only enjoy dialogue? or 3) think kafka doesn't knit enough puzzlement on your brow? or 4) don't feel like standing up to fetch a book? read this one! it is a play! much of it is bewildering! but wonderfully so! with similar themes to that bug-book! and you can click the link and read it RIGHT NOW! and i learned the word "flapgaggle!" those should be reasons enough. also "cuz i said so." ****************************************** do you want to read The Metamorphosis but you 1) are scared of bugs? or 2) only enjoy dialogue? or 3) think kafka doesn't knit enough puzzlement on your brow? or 4) don't feel like standing up to fetch a book? read this one! it is a play! much of it is bewildering! but wonderfully so! with similar themes to that bug-book! and you can click the link and read it RIGHT NOW! and i learned the word "flapgaggle!" those should be reasons enough. also "cuz i said so." *********************************************** NO ONE! TELLS! ME! ANYTHING!!!! http://www.aurora148.com/eakins-downl... except that greg did about ten minutes ago. and i tell you all now. come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ian Scuffling

    When consumerist culture colonizes language all that's left is incommunication, isolation and exploitation. In this play, Evan Dara continues a kind of socio-economic critique that began in 2013's Flee. However, instead of a macro-view of The Great Recession in a Small Town, Provisional Biography of Mose Eakins takes to the interior to examine what happens in a consumption-based society where language becomes transactional rather than significant, where information is surfeit but meaning is lost When consumerist culture colonizes language all that's left is incommunication, isolation and exploitation. In this play, Evan Dara continues a kind of socio-economic critique that began in 2013's Flee. However, instead of a macro-view of The Great Recession in a Small Town, Provisional Biography of Mose Eakins takes to the interior to examine what happens in a consumption-based society where language becomes transactional rather than significant, where information is surfeit but meaning is lost to the entropy. What happens to the individual who can articulate to himself and only just? How does communication breakdown between parties? How does shared communal language breakdown communities? For Dara, language is in service to the culture and when the culture's power structure is so vastly tilted in favor of those who have power, then language can't unify. This builds to the play's climactic closing when Mose decides to move from language to action and tries to liberate his colleagues from the panoptic CCTV camera their boss uses to make sure no one steals from the restaurant (ie. eats something). Fans of Dara will get everything they love about a Dara work here: mass confusion on a grand scale to show how communication only goes so far, a chorus of voices (literally embodied here as a chorus on stage called THE SWIRL), breakdowns of the interior, of the interpersonal, of the communal. Throughout all three of Dara's previous novels, he is able to take the synecdochic and make large-scale, deeply philosophical moves, and this Provisional Biography is no exception.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Via

    Video review: ‪https://youtu.be/yylcOf1a3ro Video review: ‪https://youtu.be/yylcOf1a3ro

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Evan Dara.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jack Waters

    "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." -- Proposition 7 (and final line) in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus The limits and restrictions of language, the soul-crushing specter of capitalism, the know-nothingness of one's interiority to others... That's all I will say so as not to spoil this wondrous play from a writer whose works enchant and deliver regardless of the mysterious Who Is This Person(s?) Writing These Things. You can download the ebook directly fr "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." -- Proposition 7 (and final line) in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus The limits and restrictions of language, the soul-crushing specter of capitalism, the know-nothingness of one's interiority to others... That's all I will say so as not to spoil this wondrous play from a writer whose works enchant and deliver regardless of the mysterious Who Is This Person(s?) Writing These Things. You can download the ebook directly from the author's website, and you are able to offer your chosen reciprocation (payment) after reading the play, which I am just about to do myself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nemanja

    This play tells us about the life of a man with a rare medical condition known as imparlence, whose words no longer have meaning, and his struggle with work, girlfriend, society and, most importantly, communication in the era of capitalism, where even the language has its price.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Dara’s style and themes adapt nicely to drama but overall there is not as much depth as he is capable of. Would be very nice to see the swirl working on stage.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jean Ra

    Ésta la segunda pieza teatral que leo y teniendo en cuenta que ya llevo unos mil libros leídos, está claro que el teatro leído no está entre mis pasiones. Aún y así, ambas lecturas me han resultado agradables. La primera fue La tortuga de Darwin de Juan Mayorga y la segunda ha sido este Biografía provisional de Mose Eakins, que me ha gustado especialmente. Como agudamente comenta Karen, otra usuaria de esta web, la historia es una especie de reescritura de La metamorfosis de Kafka, sólo que en ve Ésta la segunda pieza teatral que leo y teniendo en cuenta que ya llevo unos mil libros leídos, está claro que el teatro leído no está entre mis pasiones. Aún y así, ambas lecturas me han resultado agradables. La primera fue La tortuga de Darwin de Juan Mayorga y la segunda ha sido este Biografía provisional de Mose Eakins, que me ha gustado especialmente. Como agudamente comenta Karen, otra usuaria de esta web, la historia es una especie de reescritura de La metamorfosis de Kafka, sólo que en vez de cucaracha, Mose Eakins se descubre que un buen día sus palabras ya no son comprendidas por casi nadie. Más adelante descubre que padece una enfermedad llamada imparlancia, pero todos sabemos que es una tautología del neo-liberalismo ( suenan risas anticapitalistas de fondo). En verdad sí que se le comprende en ciertas ocasiones: cuando habla de transacciones comerciales, cuando quiere comprar algo o cuando, aunque sea de forma inconsciente, quiere iniciar comercio carnal. Sólo su novia y una mujer llamada Angela parece que pueden comprender sus palabras. También los infinitos Bobs que trabajarán con él en la cocina de un restaurante, dónde todos son explotados. De una forma sucinta, Evan Dara examina el ahora, es decir, la explotación/precariedad laboral, en cómo los asalariados deben casi alegrarse por tener un trabajo que exprime sus energías vitales para a cambio recibir cuatro dólares cada hora. Un mundo ciertamente disparatado cuyo lenguaje crea un realidad paralela, alejado de las cosas palpables, y que provoca en Mose esa congoja y ansiedad creciente, progresivamente más atribulado a la hora de hacer las cosas más sencillas. Por supuesto también es una sátira del individualismo radical, que es uno de los valores más adorados por los objetivistas, esos Randistas tronados, y que según vemos es un puro disparate dado que la realidad es colectiva, incluso colectivista, y que de poco le sirve la enorme libertad que repentinamente adquiere Mose. Puede decir lo que le plazca dado que nadie le entiende, puede decir las cosas más sinceras sin temor a repercusiones, más ¿de qué sirve si en verdad unos dependemos de otros? Que sí, que sí, está claro que hay algo de hiperbólico, y sin embargo, ¿qué valor puede tener la libertad cuando alguien se ve obligado a soportar la miseria para simplemente poder subsistir? El libre albedrío sólo tiene valor en la medida que encuentras algún tipo de resonancia en otras mentes. Aquí sería la parte en la que el liberal de turno intervendría para mencionar a Venezuela, Cuba y demás hierbas recurrentes, con lo cual no equipararía nada ni tampoco demostraría cosa alguna, pero es así como buscan equilibrio psicológico. En resumidas cuentas, una obra satírica de enorme interés, divertida, y de un notorio trasfondo filosófico, no sólo gracias a los numerosos pensadores citados (Locke, Hegel, William H. Gass y tantos otros) si no por lo punzante y sólido que resulta su reflexión, el juego estético que realiza para que si quiera pensemos en la importancia de la colectividad y el lenguaje como herramienta que hay que manejar a conciencia, de forma autónoma, alejándose en lo posible de modas e imposiciones mediáticas.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Criscuoli

    “Universal information is as impossible to obtain as it is fearsome in its implications.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hsu Jui-Ting

    Just how is he so good at writing confusion!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    A play about a man. Kind of. A sad story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Downward

    dara here turns to drama as a way of expressing the inability to make oneself understood and the failures of language under capitalism. it's remarkably structured for a play, two acts with very little dialogue actually functioning as dialogue, which is to say it is full of concurrent monologues in which each character speaks and the other reacts to something that wasn't said; that's not exactly right though. Mose Eakins suffers from 'imparlence' a disease that morph his words into other peoples dara here turns to drama as a way of expressing the inability to make oneself understood and the failures of language under capitalism. it's remarkably structured for a play, two acts with very little dialogue actually functioning as dialogue, which is to say it is full of concurrent monologues in which each character speaks and the other reacts to something that wasn't said; that's not exactly right though. Mose Eakins suffers from 'imparlence' a disease that morph his words into other peoples expectations of what his words would be. that Dara can create forward momentum under this concept is remarkable, and he uses a type of greek chorus he calls the swirl to keep the plot moving forward via interruptive exposition. Dara is a unique talent and should get all the praise in the world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Read it lads, this is top notch.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey

    Extremely recognizably Dara. Certainly, his style obviously lends itself very well to the form. It's hard for me to know how to review a play; I liked it, it's very clever, but it didn't blow my mind the way The Lost Scrapbook and The Easy Chain did. It may be unfair to pass judgment without actually having seen it, however. Has anyone done a production yet? Extremely recognizably Dara. Certainly, his style obviously lends itself very well to the form. It's hard for me to know how to review a play; I liked it, it's very clever, but it didn't blow my mind the way The Lost Scrapbook and The Easy Chain did. It may be unfair to pass judgment without actually having seen it, however. Has anyone done a production yet?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tuneer Sharma

    All Hail capitalism! 😂😂

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Farmer

    Goddamn masterpiece.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Dembina

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pablo Castro

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Wrighton

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jddown

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dave McLeod

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connor

  23. 4 out of 5

    Facundo Melillo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Zeltmann

  25. 5 out of 5

    Moran Likely

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julián

  27. 5 out of 5

    Echo

  28. 4 out of 5

    George

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sotiris Itsos

  30. 5 out of 5

    Forino

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