Friday, February 09, 2007

Doubt Hits Boston

Doubt has received great reviews and Cherry Jones is all over the radio and TV, (I listened to her on Eagan and Braude on 96.9 the other day.)

The Boston Globe has an editorial today that brings up Shanley's play in light of Malcolm Gladwell's "thin-slicing" concepts from Blink.

Sister Aloysius's refusal to trust Flynn grows out of a belief that anyone with a sufficiently silver tongue can calmly explain away anything. She's not alone; there has been an explosion of public interest in recent years in seeking truth through gut instinct. Bestselling books such as Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" and Gavin de Becker's "The Gift of Fear " tell readers that their instant judgments about people and events have great analytical power. Sister Aloysius tells Flynn he roused her suspicion when he touched another boy on the wrist, and the boy recoiled. Yet in Shanley's world, parsing such moments -- "thin-slicing" them, to use Gladwell's term -- is just another way of casting about for definite answers amid great uncertainty.

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