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It is eerie to sit in the ANTA Theatre on 52nd Street and hear that audience—
sizably Negro, but still preponderantly white—cheer and laugh and break into
applause at every line cursing white America. After all, it's not some exotic Other
Perhaps the most striking feature of the Happening is its treatment (this is the only
word for it) of the audience. The event seems designed to tease and abuse the
audience. The performers may sprinkle water on the audience, or fling pennies ...
Inevitably, this drives the artist to ever greater and more intense attempts to
arouse a reaction from his audience. The question is only whether a reaction
need always be provoked by terrorization. It seems to be the implicit consensus
of those ...
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review