last nite the Village Voice presentd Eric Bentley the Obie for lifetime achievement.
Jean-Claude van Itallie introducd me to Eric at the Village Vanguard in 1968. Jean-Claude had written a short piece for "The DMZ" Eric's anti-war cabaret. I publishd that work "Take a Deep Breath" alongside Eric's "Three Songs from The DMZ" in a special supplement to Toucan.
many years later Eric wrote this for Gildzen at 50: A Celebration :
For Alex is a man
Whose life began
How old's he gonna be?
He don't give a damn 'cause he knows right now
It isn't how long. It's how.
Eric at 90 has been focusing on the how in a rich life. from this distance I cd hear last nite's applause.