20070719

i stand all amazed

by Neil LaBute

it's astonishing how needy people are. i had no idea. it was a technical advancement like anything else -- the microwave or the radio. the blog was born and millions of gasping little voices appeared, spilling out of their journals and crying a chorus of 'me, me, me!' so many electronic hands reaching out. some collective 'i was here.'

6S

Neil LaBute is a writer/director for theater and film. He remains suspicious of technology (and most other things as well).

36 comments:

Quin said...
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Quin said...

the modern day version of kilroy was here? thanks for not saying blog.. that word that resembles the sound one makes after a night of bad mexican food and too much tequila. welcome to 6s.

Anonymous said...

Excellent notion. Excellent piece.

mitchell said...

The 3 Universal Hungers are Freedom, Connection and Participation. The birth of the blog has fed the Hungers like nothing that's come before. (Or maybe I'm wrong - what do I know?)

Anonymous said...

"some collective 'i was here.'"

I love that.

jennifer said...

yes, some of the voices are gasping, but some are calmly stating their unique and interesting points of view. a good thing, i'd say.

are you really Neil LaBute?

golfwidow said...

Thomas Wolfe smacked down on online writers for, among other things "narcissistic shrieks," but really, at least I own my narcissism.

Believe me, if I could get all published and popular like Tom Wolfe without creating my own online presence, I'd absolutely have started at the top.

Granny Grammar said...

Your title "i stand all amazed" reveals poor grammar. "i stand amazed" or "i stand all, amazed" would have made more sense.

jessica said...

Mr. LaBute:

This needed to be said. A virtual bitch-slap to the inhabitants of Lameville. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Jessica, auditioning for the Voice? Comments here should be on content, and yours demeaned not Mr. LaBute's piece, but, Rob's hard work on this site.

madam z said...

Yes, we are all pathetic pieces of crap. But at least we aren't blowing anyone up or hurting people's feelings in order to get some attention! We're HARMLESS pathetic pieces of crap.

Quin said...

okay.

this is why i love about your work..(um, what do we call you? neil? mr? jack? i love the name jack for people.. crisp and clean in the mouth when you say it..)

it makes people talk.

in this case, suddenly, it's not a piece of fiction, and people are getting involved,feeling...personal about the piece, more importantly, they are... thinking.

isn't that what writing is supposed to do, fellow 6'ers?

make us think? feel? talk? isn't it glorious when that happens in a book, a play, a poem...a six.

how many people read this six yesterday and didn't, for even a brief moment, wonder about their own little bit of journal heaven? (raising hand in proper catholic guilt)


hmmm?

it makes my toes curl. usually, they only curl for one reason.

good european chocolate.

what? you thought i was going to say sex?

ha!

neil said...

my 'poor' grammar has more to do with a standard mormon hymn than my own faults (of which there are many).

i hope this comment doesn't further your need(s) to blog. might i suggest a stroll in the park instead?

Anonymous said...

Park strolls aren't cool unless you blog about them. THEN they're cool.

I think I'm getting a headache.

Connie said...

I knew it was a Mormon hymn. Thus, I stood, waiting....for something within your six to hearken back to the hymn.

lutz said...

This piece rocks.

There, I said it. Sad but true.

Anonymous said...

suspension is a good thing...until it becomes tainted with judgement.
Just a thought
by Caccy46

Marie said...

Grammer questions aside, it was a nice peice of work. It was NOT however, the best 6S on the page. With the imbalance of comments, and keeping the subject matter of the piece in mind, I have this to say.
If only this one contribution is made, it was to thumb your nose at those who have no other venue in which to put forth the words that hold their hearts and souls. If you are serious in joining this arena of 6S sentences, then, welcome. If not, if this was nothing more than a simple showing off of what you can do, a stroking of your ego, allow me to point that you are in a blog, and therefore one of "the collective I was here". If that is so, to help you along, I've checked; www.iamahypocrite.blogspot.com is available for your use.

neil said...

thank you, marie, for setting me straight--until now i was unaware of the limited venues (other than 6S) available for hearts and souls overflowing with words. i stand corrected. actually i 'sit' corrected but it amounts to much the same thing...

by the way, i think they still make those colorful little diaries with the tiny locks and keys if you're seriously looking for an alternate venue for said heart and/or soul.

you just might find one for sale at any drug store following that park stroll i suggested; they are often available in a variety of designs.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing you posted this piece here as your very own "I am here!" shout.

It's a shame that not many people really care. About YOU being here, I mean.

Quin said...
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Anonymous said...

Robert Kilroy Silk?

Flying Codpiece said...

http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2007/07/23/monks-bloggers/


Go there for a good time!

Dog in a doublet said...

http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2007/07/23/monks-bloggers/

Or here

http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2007/07/23/monks-bloggers/


Eithier I got it wrong, or they are making me get it wrong.

Anonymous said...

Good writing. Good points in the story and in the comments. I am anonymous, I have a blogging habit. Where's my support group? New blood on six, in a number of ways.

Laura said...

Bloggers. Finally, someone to make playwrights feel superior.

Neil, I hope this whole exchange doesn't further your need(s) to write screenplays about sociopaths, or to quote Mormon hymns in search of understanding.

Perhaps a stroll in the park would cure what ails you.

rothchild said...

Best 6S ever. Hands down.

n said...

trust me, i felt superior long before your post (although yours helped) and no walk in the park is going to cure that.

Anonymous said...

Meow. This guy can't catch a break. People bitching about him, Quin sounding like 6S version of Rodney King, people liking the work, people making decent comments and some sounding like asses.

LaBute. Decent stuff. Come back and show us the gooses didn't make you dislike the place.


Justine

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MrHarlequin said...

Man planted a flag on the moon, as a way of saying "I was here. Only for a moment. I may have had little impact and soon, I will be gone. But, for that moment, I was here."

Maybe a Blog is an individual's flag on the moon? Only those who look may find it and even then, they may simply brush it off as vanity and move on. The flag however remains, important for the person who planted it.

Ryan said...

Neil thoroughly owned all of you. Just in cast there was any doubt.

Splotchy said...

yeesh neil, what a wienerish little collection of sentences. A nice display of your misanthropic tendencies.

I imagine William Faulkner had the same kind of thing to say about screenwriters, before he became one.

Bob Jacobs said...

I don't think the blog itself is a *technical advancement*, as it requires nothing that wasn't there before it in the way of technology.

Blogs come in many flavours, some being 'me, me, me' places and some not. The rise of the internet saw a rush of personal web pages and blogs are largely just another type of personal web page.

Does it reflect a neediness? Perhaps. Blogs. MySpace. YouTube. There are a lot of people out there with something to say, even if it's not of great or lasting interest.

Of course, a lot of people don't have a blog, don't have a MySpace account, have never posted on youtube.

To be against technology in general seems rather a Luddite view to me. To be against blogs seems rather pointless. You might as well be against beetroot. Some people love it (not me, but hey, live and let live).

But isn't this great? We're using a blog here to state our opinions on Neil's 6S. We live around the globe and come together in pixel form to communicate our views. I can't imagine going back to how things used to be.

My name's Bob, and I WAS HERE.

Anonymous said...

i'm not certain neil referred to blogging with a negative connotation. it seems to me merely an observation of humanity. (or at least, bloggers.)

that said, i don't blog online for everyone to see. that's for nerds. i blog to my old math professor instead.

:p

Beth said...

In six short sentences, you were able to get people thinking and talking, which speak volumes in and of itself.

Personally, I thought this was a great post.