Maria Callas: Something Remarkable

Interview with Tennessee Williams
Conducted by James Grissom
New Orleans

You cannot--must not--speak of [Maria] Callas as a woman, as an artist. She's so much bigger and more important than both those things. Callas is like a mountain or a country or the moon. I would sacrifice several hundred stars in the sky for the decades she dazzled me, dazzled us. Very rarely, but very beautifully, God makes a wonderful mistake on that assembly line of humanity onto which he throws some plasma, some platitudes, and a vestige of industry and he creates something remarkable. Callas is in the small group of remarkable things.

© 2014 James Grissom


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