John Patrick Shanley is undoubtedly a prolific playwright. I knew his name before I knew the names of a lot of other playwrights (not that that means his work is any more deserving of my attention than the work of other playwrights who have been out there, but less publicized.) I follow a lot of artists on Twitter, including JPS. And, my roommates can attest, frequently I audibly gasp or scream or make some weird noise because I cannot believe the strange things that come out of this man’s mouth… or fingers.
His “good morning” and “goodnight” messages leave me wondering – does he wake up and scroll through a generic google images search until he finds a photo that he thinks is “inspirational?” And why does he feel the need to send his followers these messages with ,more often than not, the image of a woman, sensually posed? Posed with swans, at that??
Then there are the cryptic, loftily-written tweets that read more like an excerpt from a diary than something that should be shared with the public.
Now, I’m not one to knock the ways in which artists express themselves publicly – I’ve published many a *V Personal* blog post on this site, myself – but I have learned that part of the responsibility of having a platform is to use it for more than one’s own personal gain. JPS is not one to follow if one wants to stay connected and in tune with the American theatre community, but here are some artists to follow if you do!