Witches, Actors & Analysts

David Arthur Walters

HYSTERICAL Sharon Stone Sharon Stone’s Amazing Persona

HYSTERICAL HISTRIONICS

A FOOTNOTE TO

PYTHIATISM AND SARTRE’S THE FAMILY IDIOT

BY

DAVID ARTHUR WALTERS

To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness; though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless. Gustave Flaubert

Dedicated to Sharon Stone

In The Family Idiot Sartre claims that for Gustav Flaubert, the novice playwright, writing was secondary to acting out his ideas, that the French Realist’s mature literature was born of the “thwarted vocation” of acting, and that he was an unconvincing actor, because “he acted so as to launch an appeal to being by exploiting the means at hand, that is, his very derealization.”

Sometimes the youth fascinated, disturbed, or won over his audience of friends and family when he played the part of a grotesque boy, an idiot, a giant, a saint and so on, but for the most…

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