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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #120 on: September 07, 2017, 03:45:09 AM »
I've sent to your own e-mail address, sir.

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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #121 on: September 07, 2017, 09:11:21 AM »
I've sent to your own e-mail address, sir.

Knuckleheaded critics be damned.

I brought the issue up on my Playwrights' Forum on FB and the consensus was that my best option was to laugh it off and do nothing. It's not by coincidence that "blogger" and "blowhard" have their initial three letters in common. Fortunately I also have some blog reviewers that understood the play as I intended it.
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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #122 on: September 07, 2017, 11:13:38 AM »
Something of a shock, therefore, to read one of our reviews claiming that David doesn’t change during the play (I can easily find a dozen major instances to the contrary), and another making the even wilder claim that the play itself is anti-Semitic! The argument seems to be that since the Jews in the play exhibit human frailties and shortcomings, their behavior is hypocritical, and therefore “this play lays the groundwork for explaining the existence of anti-Semitism, making it, in my opinion, an anti-Semitic play.” Even if the reviewer’s conclusion followed his premise, this is a defamatory charge and I fail to see how it can be legitimately argued based on the play I wrote.

This is the sucky thing about being a writer. No matter now clear you try to make your intention, someone will misunderstand it. They may not be paying proper attention, or they may have an agenda, or just some bug up their @ss.

If "the Jews in the play exhibit human frailties and shortcomings," then by that criterion, we would have to declare most of Woody Allen's movies anti-Semitic, as well as the fiction of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.

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It would be unprofessional and counter-productive for me to engage this reviewer directly. In fact I wonder if I should speak to a lawyer specializing in libel cases, since any one Googling my name and play will see this review, and not knowing the work, will assume the conclusion is justified.

As an interesting coincidence, I've done a lot of translations of German court cases in which Google is being sued by plaintiffs wishing to remove material they consider harmful from search results. In almost all these cases, the plaintiff loses, because the court rules that the information is a matter of public knowledge, and there is no way of proving malice aforethought.
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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #123 on: September 07, 2017, 11:23:14 AM »
This is the sucky thing about being a writer. No matter now clear you try to make your intention, someone will misunderstand it. They may not be paying proper attention, or they may have an agenda, or just some bug up their @ss.

Or a combination of all three? This reviewer also referred to a Passover celebration that takes place during the play. Only trouble is, there was a menorah and at least two dozen references to Chanukah.
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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #124 on: September 07, 2017, 11:28:11 AM »
If "the Jews in the play exhibit human frailties and shortcomings," then by that criterion, we would have to declare most of Woody Allen's movies anti-Semitic, as well as the fiction of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.

Of course. And: Carmen would be both anti-Spanish and anti-Gypsy, Cavalleria rusticana anti-Italian and Lulu anti-German

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As an interesting coincidence, I've done a lot of translations of German court cases in which Google is being sued by plaintiffs wishing to remove material they consider harmful from search results. In almost all these cases, the plaintiff loses, because the court rules that the information is a matter of public knowledge, and there is no way of proving malice aforethought.

Plus, taking the reviewer to the court implies taking him much more seriously than deserved. Ignoring him altogether is the best and most elegant option. Never feed a troll, remember?

That being said, please, Larry, send me the link to the video.
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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #125 on: September 07, 2017, 01:47:40 PM »
This is the sucky thing about being a writer. No matter now clear you try to make your intention, someone will misunderstand it. They may not be paying proper attention, or they may have an agenda, or just some bug up their @ss.

If "the Jews in the play exhibit human frailties and shortcomings," then by that criterion, we would have to declare most of Woody Allen's movies anti-Semitic, as well as the fiction of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.

I agree, and think that the content of your play (as you've described it) sounds like it speaks for itself in a lack of anti-Semitism.  The best course of action would be to ignore it and let the view disappear, rather than challenge it and give it prominence.

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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #126 on: September 07, 2017, 02:31:32 PM »
I agree, and think that the content of your play (as you've described it) sounds like it speaks for itself in a lack of anti-Semitism.  The best course of action would be to ignore it and let the view disappear, rather than challenge it and give it prominence.

I intend to do nothing further, and if others from this board wish to write their own reviews after seeing my video, perhaps it's best they do so independently rather than as a response to the blogger's review. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #127 on: September 07, 2017, 02:42:11 PM »
If "the Jews in the play exhibit human frailties and shortcomings," then by that criterion, we would have to declare most of Woody Allen's movies anti-Semitic, as well as the fiction of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.

Built into the foundation of Judaism is the assumption that all Jews somehow fall short of the ideals commanded in the Torah. If that were not so, there would be no need for the holiest of holidays, Yom Kippur, where each Jew is expected to fast all day, abstain from sex and bathing, and spend the day in prayer atoning for one's sins.

I believe my main character tries very hard to follow the 613 mitzvoth expected of an orthodox Jew, and to simultaneously balance his observance with the need to engage within the world. This is the foundation of Modern Orthodox Judaism.
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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #128 on: September 09, 2017, 11:39:08 PM »
I know how frustrating it can be to let that sort of thing stand without a rebuttal, but I will join the chorus: the last thing you want to do is draw attention to it. (IOW Don’t Feed the Troll.)

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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #129 on: September 10, 2017, 06:50:13 PM »
At this point I have sent links to three people at their requests, along with links to each of my reviews. Hope to hear from all of you regarding the play when you can see fit.
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Re: (poco) Sforzando, (playwright)
« Reply #130 on: September 11, 2017, 09:12:29 PM »
I can imagine it's very frustrating. I think you may be dealing with an "Uncle Leo" situation.

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