Social Acupuncture: A guide to suicide, performance and utopia
Essay and a play by Darren O'Donnell
Social Acupuncture includes the full text of A Suicide-Site Guide to the City and an extensive essay on the waning significance of theatre and the notion of civic engagement and social interaction as an aesthetic.
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Published by Coach House Books
"O'Donnell writes like a sugar-addled genius at 300 km/h, making fun of his artistic and political past and humbly offering solutions based on what he's learned. Vaulting between extreme pessimism and excitedly dreaming up the sanguine possibilities of simple human interaction, the book ultimately displays a hopefulness antithetical to its occasional dive into the suicidal."
The Globe and Mail
"Part aesthetic manifesto, part play script, and all provocation, Social Acupuncture demands and rewards your critical attention."
"The text is essential reading to all concerned ... O'Donnell places ethics before aesthetics, fundamentally shifting questions regarding criteria for art from the political to the moral."
"This is a book that anyone involved with theatre or activism should read, maybe even anyone who identifies as left of centre. He's asking the right questions, and positing interesting answers."
"Social Acupuncture is an intensely thoughtful and entertaining piece of analysis, written in a smooth, unpretentiously colloquial style. O'Donnell won't bore you as he weaves together one fascinating nugget of social observation after another â€“ he's insightful, but he's also very funny."