As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.
The way you slam your
body into mine reminds
me I’m alive, but monsters
are always hungry,
darling, and they’re only
a few steps behind you.
Snow and Dirty Rain
Whatever pain achieves, it achieves in part through its unsharability, and it ensures this unsharability through its resistance to language… physical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it, bringing about an immediate reversion to a state anterior to language, to the sounds and cries a human being makes before language is learned.
Good cover songs are about necessity — something about the source material that needed to be revisited, revised, redone or otherwise rescued from the original production. You don’t have to improve on it, exactly, but if the original is perfect the way it is, then there’s not a whole lot of sense in either reinventing it or re-creating it note for note.
Expanding to theatre, it’s a “why this play, why now, why here” for revivals. If you just go through the motions of mounting the play, it’ll be a boring production. “Three dimensional literary criticism” as Simon Russell Beale has been quoted as saying.