Monday, October 22, 2012

Pinter the Poet

Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter.

There's a Pinter lovefest going on over at the Irish Rep, with British actor Julian Sands of A Room With a View fame performing Pinter's poetry and prose--interspersed with reminiscences from himself and others--in the John Malkovich-directed A Celebration of Harold Pinter, which I enjoyed on a Saturday afternoon.

Not included in the hour-and-a-quarter show, although it's one of my favorite bits of Pinter prose, is this gem that appeared in The Guardian in 2003, when the paper solicited greetings for President Bush's on his first state visit to Great Britain:

Dear President Bush,

I'm sure you'll be having a nice little tea party with your fellow war criminal, Tony Blair. Please wash the cucumber sandwiches down with a glass of blood, with my compliments.

Harold Pinter