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INTERVIEW
Continued from page 9
psychological help I could get. Also
the money was immensely import-
ant. 250 dollars was a lot of money.
A good job would bring you home
15 dollars a week....But the recog-
nition was even better. Getting cash
money for something you wrote is
always a miracle when you begin.
Q: Does it bother you that most
critics have never seemed to be on
your side?
M: In a word, yes. I've been
around the world quite a bit and we
have snap criticism here on a level
that is...less practiced abroad. This
bothers me because this whole

culture is a pop culture system.
We've got two cultures. One is a
pop and one is whatever you want to
call it...the so-called "intellectual"
or "academic" culture and the bridge
between them hardly stands. So the
warehouses are just full of work that
have simply been poofed out of
existence by virtue of someone's off
the cuff view which is broadcast to
40 million people or printe.d and
spread among endless numbers of
people.
So, to be perfectly candid about
it, the seriousness of the criticism
doesn't match the product very often.
It's not just my statement, saying
that, but a common theme among
us. We've got something new com-
ing up every morning to attract the

attention of the public.
It's a crap game and that's very
discouraging. All you can do is
distance yourself from it and say
I'm not going to judge my work on
that basis,' and see if you can do
that. In my case, since most of the
time I was writing plays, it might
take a long time, and it's a good idea
to live as long as possible, but they
do bob up to the surface again. It
may not be in your own country
right away but there other countries
with much more vital theaters than
we have.
Q: Are you attempting then to
bridge the two cultures?
M: Yes, I have always written
for a mythical audience. That aud-
ience is composed of all people. I
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Now...that audience does not exist
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Rarely both. I just got into that
frame of mind when I started. My
impulse was to make a bridge, to be
the interpreter of one for the other.
Q: Isn't one problem that the
plumber can't buy the tickets to get
into the theater?
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According to figures obtained
from the Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics, the
athletic department's year-to-date
income as of June 30 is $439,927.
Canham himself isn't worried
about the future of the athletic
department, saying the tradition of
fine University athletic directors
will continue. "This isn't a case
where a man seeks the job," he
said. "The job seeks the man."
Whoever that may be will have
to contend with the memory of
Canham, but not with Canham
himself. "When you're gone, you're
gone," he said. "I'm not going to
hang around and bother the next
athletic director."
Canhamn plans both Lro back
to his business, and to spend more
time with his hobbies, one of his
favorites being fishing. His
grandfather would have been happy
to hear that.
WEEKEND
MAGAZINE
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M A G A Z I N E

Plus:

'Like Father Like Son'

Interview: Arthur Miller

PAGE 12 WEEKEND/OCTOBER 9, 1987

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