before the rocks cry out

by Andrea Elizabeth

Another take on Don Giovanni now that I’ve finished that section of Either/Or by Søren Kierkegaard: Don Giovanni is a performer who is indiscriminate in choosing his audience. Mozart himself had prodigious talent and spent his life selling himself, but had to rely on patrons for a living. Don Giovanni is already wealthy, but lives on his art just the same. What else does one do whose uncommon talent is so entwined with his identity, and who is so dependent on a response? Robin Williams perhaps feared losing that response. It’s easy to sermonize how someone shouldn’t depend on others’, even strangers’ responses, but how uncommonly talented are these judgers/diagnosticians? Kierkegaard gives Don Giovanni praise for his liveliness. Perhaps that is better than a sermon.