From The Pillowman

KATURIAN: I mean, I agree. You read all these things, these “stories”, supposedly, “The police are all this,” “The government is all this.” All this political…what would you call ‘em? “The government should be doing this”. Please. Fuck off. You know what I say? I say if you’ve got a political axe to grind, if you’ve got a political what-do-ya-call-it, go write a fucking essay, I will know where I stand. I say keep your left-wing this, keep you right-wing that and tell me a fucking story! You know? A great man once said “The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story,” and I believe in that wholeheartedly. “The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story.” Or was it “The onlyduty of a storyteller is to tell a story.” I can’t remember, but anyway, that’s what I do, I tell stories, no axe to grind, no anything to grind. No social anything whatsoever. And that’s why, I can’t see, if that’s why you’ve brought me here, I can’t see what the reason would be, unless something political came in by accident, or something that seemed political came in, in which case show me where it is. Show me where the bastard is. I’ll take is straight out. Fucking burn it. You know?

 

From the Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh (2003)

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