Hammock, on one level, looks at how an individual may relate to or revolt against a sort of American sense of achievement. I believe the emphasis on achievement stems from the “American Dream”–that national idea of what it means to “have it all.” I came across two articles this week that really connect to what I’ve been thinking about in rehearsal.
On Slate.com, Julia Felsenthal writes about the absence of national catchphrases in other countries in The Not-American Dream. Jonathan Franzen expounds upon the mounting tension between love and technology in Liking Is For Cowards. Go With What Hurts in the New York Times’ opinion pages. I hope you will use technological progress to your advantage, and read these articles on your laptop while lounging in a hammock.