flat out

Adrienne Kennedy is the best American writer. I know of no one else with such flat-out faith in the power of words to create a vibrating, dark and living space between the horrible and the funny the past and the prophetic, the personal and the public – a space so magically strong that the private can be converted to the public (the commonplaces of biography treated as civil monuments, as lore, with atavistic authority), and the public to the private (where the events of history are made to appear as features of a deeply individual dream).

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