The Gettier Case of Marketing for the Communal Mind.

What is a Gettier case?  It is an epistemological problem, where a subject only knows something because he is lucky enough to have coincidence on his side.  Tony Kushner was unwittingly the benefactor of this case when he wrote, Homebody Kabul. Or was he as unwitting as he thought?

   Our homebody, a wife who is in love with the world, “Oh I love the world! I love love love love the world!” (Kushner pg 12), is not really in love with her life.  Her marriage is empty, and she feels that anything outside her current world will fill the empty space she has made for herself.  This very long monologue is full of voice that veritably drips with emotion.

Kushner has played a joker, and has profited from it.  Was he really playing a Joker, or did he have something up his sleeve?  It seems almost too good to be true that a political playwriter creates a play that both captures the Afghanistan conflict and the conflict that has arisen on our home soil: Our own homes.   I believe that Kushner could see that Afghanistan was ripe for a conflict, and would be the perfect place for our Homebody to explore in so many ways. Being a political writer, Kushner might have been more in touch with the current of politics than others, but since he was writing a play about a woman rather than a war-torn country at first, he unconsciously tapped into what was really about to happen.

In an interview, he admits that this work of his was unconscious, but after looking at it in retrospect, he sees how perfect it is that a British family, the colonial, and post-colonial gem of culture was really not as polished as it should be. This is in contrast to the world and culture of Afghanistan.   Hats are important here, since hats can transform a regular person into anything.  It is no mistake then that the shopkeeper becomes her escape.  (by the way, keep hats on your mind as you head into Far Away.)

Interview with Kushner

It is through the connecting with the unconscious communal mind of English wives, and the events of Afghanistan that Kushner creates a hit that is more relevant to the times than he had originally thought. By pure luck is Kushner able to push his talent to the next level and speak in a voice that everyone was silently thinking to themselves in England and in Afghanistan.

Kushner, Tony. Homebody/Kabul. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2002.

Rose, Charlie, and Kushner, Tony, Interview. Firdous Bamji and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Khwaja Aziz, Esperanto poet and guide, and Priscilla Ceiling, sitting in the ruins of Cheshme KhedreStock Photo.

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I am a teacher, which means I am constantly learning. While my wife has taught me many things, I find that my students force me to learn new, and hard, lessons daily that help forge a better 'me'. Once I wore the last name of 'Barone', the family that adopted me, and I tried to bring pride to this name, but I was doing this for all of the wrong reasons. I was yearning to be someone I was not born to be, nor allowed to be, hence, I went back to the name that is my blood-right, O'Ceallaigh. Ceallaigh is what you will see though. Shakespeare penned the thought, "what is in a name?" I say, "identity". The one thing that I have found out is that today's society is all about an identity crisis. We are all trying to be individuals so much that individuality has become mainstream. I have found the way out of that. I stopped caring about the novelty of identity, and now I feel that my name is more than a moniker, it is an ideal. One can still say that I am still working under the philosophy of identity, but I will hasten to add that a third dimensional being can never truly illustrate the fullness of existence to a second dimensional being. When I am not teaching, I am a husband, and a father of five lovely children, Alex (20), Lilith (14), Jade (12), Lucas (4) and Ameaus (just born). In my free time I love to read, play online strategy games, practice Kempo, or spar with my friends in the various medieval fighting groups that exist all over the globe. Once in a while I like to shoot zombies, but they are a rather relentless bunch, so I tend to stay away from them if I can.

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