A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

by Shawn Wen

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Overview

"Threading the subtle seam between what lives and what remains, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause succeeds in conjuring the poetry of Marcel Marceau's performance as both a character on stage and in history. . . . Like pulling a ghost from a dark room, this is an accomplished work of historical portraiture: precise in its objects, complex in its melancholy, and insightful in its humor." —Thalia Field

Part biographic inquiry, part lyric portraiture, radio producer Shawn Wen reanimates world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau's silent art.

The book opens in darkness, a single figure standing in the spotlight. It's Marceau in his signature hat, painted face, black clothes, and ballet slippers. Over time, the text accumulates objects: dolls, paintings, icons, wives, children, cities, and performances. By turns whimsical and melancholic, this spare volume takes shape through capsule histories, interview clips, vivid scenes, and archival research.

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 broadcasts regularly 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: 9781946448019
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
File size: 440 KB

About the Author

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, Seneca Review, Iowa Review, White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace, and she is currently a producer at Youth Radio. Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International Film Festival, and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Brown University and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. Wen was born in Beijing, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, and currently resides in San Francisco.
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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