Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sopranos Redux

Los Angeles Times, 11/16, letter to the editor still complaining about David Chase's "contempt" for the audience on his lack of "closure" for the Sopranos--and putting Alan Ball up on a pedestal for showing how each character dies at the end of Six Feet Under.

Chase did Keats proud. Chase still refuses to offer explanations, to satisfy the anxiety of those viewers who insist on reaching after fact and reason.

After we had all grappled with the horror that our cable had gone out, or been sabotaged, weren't we slackjawed with awe? Anything was possible at the end of The Sopranos. Everything was valid. Chase engaged the viewer in the process of imagining, of actively not knowing, of Negative Capability. Which for some, apparently, was and continues to be simply intolerable.

Welcome to life. And art with guts.

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