#LinkRoundup! — 11/21/14

Link Roundups feature articles and bits of internet goodness that our dramaturgy team digs up. If you find something you want to send our way, drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter!

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Toni Morrison appeared on an episode of The Colbert Report this week and shared some lovely perspective about why she writes the kind of stories she does:

You know, I thought everything in the world that I wanted to read had been written. And then in my 30s, I wanted something else. I wanted to show how painful this constructed, horrible racism was on the most vulnerable people in the society – girls, black girls, poor girls – and that it really and truly can hurt you, so that’s what I was looking for. And no one, I thought, had written that book. So since I really wanted to read it, I thought I should write it.

You can view the full interview below:

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This week, HowlRound is featuring a fabulous series on ensemble theatre, curated by Boston artist Meg Taintor.

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The Boston Globe’s opinion section last weekend featured a huge spread all about the Boston arts community.

Illustration by Ean Spangler for the Boston Globe

Illustration by Ean Spangler for the Boston Globe

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Over on IndieWire, Negin Farsad posted some interesting perspective about ethnically specific casting, spurred by the release of the movie Rosewater, which features Gael Garcia Bernal playing a character from Iran:

If it was a white American playing any African-American part, it’s safe to say there would be outrage! Or a white American playing a Latino, or a Korean, or probably half a dozen others ethnic groups. There would be Jezebel article upon Gawker rant. We would unleash the most severe internet cast shaming! There would be public Twitter apologies! Donations made to historical societies! Someone would lop off one of their own limbs for atonement! Why does the internet express rage at some of these choices but not others? Where is the rage-ometer dial?