A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

by Shawn Wen

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An Indie Next Pick for July 2017

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"Most Anticipated Books of 2017," The Millions

"A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau.... A fascinating book.... Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

As a fledgling radio producer, Shawn Wen became fascinated by the one subject who seemed impossible to put on air: French mime Marcel Marceau, the internationally acclaimed “artist of silence.” At the height of his fame, Marceau was synonymous with Bip, the red-lipped, white-faced mute in a sailor suit who conjured scenes, stories, and sweeping emotion through the gestures of his body alone. Influenced by Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp, credited with inspiring Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk, Marceau attempted in his performances to “reveal the fundamental essences of humanity.”

Beyond Bip, Marceau was a Jewish Holocaust survivor and member of the French resistance; a bombastic iconoclast; a collector of failed marriages, masks, antique knives and doting fans; an impassioned workaholic who performed into his eighties and died deeply in debt soon after leaving the stage. In precise, jewel-like scenes and vignettes, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause pays homage to the singular genius of a mostly-forgotten art form. Drawing on interviews, archival research, and meticulously observed performances, Wen translates the gestural language of mime into a lyric written portrait by turns whimsical, melancholic, and haunting.

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, The Seneca Review, The Iowa Review, The White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work has been broadcast on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941411483
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 802,372
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in ,n+1, The New Inquiry, The Seneca Review, The Iowa Review, The White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis. Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace, and her video work has screened at MoMA and elsewhere. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Why this black box?

Young Marceau

Mangel

Pedagogy

Bip is born

Scene 1 Bip the soldier

Genealogy

Scene 2 Bip, great star of the traveling circus

M. on speech

M. on Marceau

The empty stage is a universe!

Bip at a society party

Collections: Work-related reading

M. on America, 1955

Scene 4 Bip plays David and Goliath

M. on the connective tissues

M. on his own

Scene 5 Bip attempts suicide

M. on boundaries and borders

Scene 6 Bip, the Bullfighter

M. on man's modern problems

M. on Chaplin

Marceau's show returns in fragments?

Scene 7 Bip as skater and spectator

M. on Chaplin II

Collections: Reading for a well-rounded education

Scene 8

Scene 9

Scene 10

Time passes?

M. interacts with fans

M. on mastering one's feelings

Collections: items from Japan

Collections: knives

Collections: miscellaneous

Collections: icons

Pierre Verry

But remember?

M. on failure

M. on technology

Bip as sleek creature of the deep

Scene 11

Collections: masks

Collections: zoomorphe

M. on video

Scene 12

Camille on M.

Collections: ancient dolls

Collections: paintings

M. versus M.

Collections: Japanese dolls

Scene 13

An interview

"Marcel Marceau has no private life."

Scene 14

A twenty minute silence followed by applause

Other works

Clive Barnes on materialism

Scene 15

Seeing is a way?

M. writes about M.

Bip the stoic

Scene 16

Collections: clocks

You are ever the beholder?

M. on most mimes

Collections: performing dolls

Collections: sacred dolls

M. on the king of pop

"It was the winter of-"

M. on Theriensenstadt

From Marcel and Me...

Collections: the furniture

Collections: the boxes

Critics on aging

Scene 17 Bip hunting butterflies

Bip gets left behind

M. on aging

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Collections: pleasure reading

Collections: silverware

Collections: Roman tableware from the 2nd century

After M.

M. on the truth

Scene 18

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