Tenn on Judy Garland: Throw the Ball
Interview with Tennessee Williams
Conducted by James Grissom
She told me once that she dealt with the pains of life--the myriad pains--as if it were a ball you toss around when you're bored. You know, throw the ball against the house until it drives your mother mad--or drives away the blues or the boredom. The pain, she told me, feeds the work, and the work is the ball you throw against the wall, against the world. So, you know, throw the damned ball against the wall. Sing, write, paint, wail, moan. Throw the damned ball.
© 2014 James Grissom