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Janet Eilber

The wait for Oedipus to grasp the truth is the essence of theatrical suspense -- especially in the context of our current relationship with the truth.  Recommended with a screening of the 1961 film of Night Journey, Martha Graham’s genius masterwork, which reimagines the Oedipus story through the eyes of Jocasta. 

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Oedipus Rex

In my 30s when I taught college English, freshmen had to take a Great Books course, so I got to teach Oedipus and Aristotle — a real disconnect for Americans whose gods were Reason and Progress. For years I kept a black and white photo of a stone-carved head of blind Oedipus next to a photo of Ezra Pound just before his death.