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The Diaries of Judith Malina, 1958–1971 (Excerpt)

The Diaries of Judith Malina, 1958–1971 (Excerpt) The Diaries of Judith Malina, 1958–1971 (Excerpt) Edited by Kate Bredeson ctivist, director, actor, and poet Judith Malina (1926–2015), co-founder and director with Julian Beck of The Living Theatre, meticulously detailed Aher every day in diaries that she kept from her childhood until her final months. Born in Kiel, Germany, Malina immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1929, and her earliest diaries record her impressions of growing up in New York—a life of school, errands, museums, and plays. Since the start of The Living Theatre in 1947, her diaries are a crucial primary source for documenting her life and that of the company, as well as cataloguing her sharp observations of culture, art, and politics. Throughout her adult life, her writing attests to her increasing commit- ment to pacifism and nonviolence. A prolific writer, she left behind hundreds of thousands of diary entries, most of which remain unpublished, despite her desire to make them all available to readers. Malina published two collections of her dia- ries: The Enormous Despair (1972) on the theatre’s 1968-69 tour, and The Diaries of Judith Malina 1947–1957 (1984); these books are illuminating for theatre histori- ans, artists, and anyone interested in anarchist http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

The Diaries of Judith Malina, 1958–1971 (Excerpt)

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art , Volume 44 (2): 25 – May 1, 2022

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MIT Press
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© 2022 Kate Bredeson
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1520-281X
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1537-9477
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10.1162/pajj_a_00606
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The Diaries of Judith Malina, 1958–1971 (Excerpt) Edited by Kate Bredeson ctivist, director, actor, and poet Judith Malina (1926–2015), co-founder and director with Julian Beck of The Living Theatre, meticulously detailed Aher every day in diaries that she kept from her childhood until her final months. Born in Kiel, Germany, Malina immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1929, and her earliest diaries record her impressions of growing up in New York—a life of school, errands, museums, and plays. Since the start of The Living Theatre in 1947, her diaries are a crucial primary source for documenting her life and that of the company, as well as cataloguing her sharp observations of culture, art, and politics. Throughout her adult life, her writing attests to her increasing commit- ment to pacifism and nonviolence. A prolific writer, she left behind hundreds of thousands of diary entries, most of which remain unpublished, despite her desire to make them all available to readers. Malina published two collections of her dia- ries: The Enormous Despair (1972) on the theatre’s 1968-69 tour, and The Diaries of Judith Malina 1947–1957 (1984); these books are illuminating for theatre histori- ans, artists, and anyone interested in anarchist

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Published: May 1, 2022

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