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American Terror

The 1969 Firing Line television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky Libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf To begin, both men seated, wearing suits. Buckley has a clipboard on his lap and a pencil grasped between the middle and ring finger of one hand, generally with palm toward chest and arm outstretched when making various points. Ideally, chairs are swivel chairs of the period. ACT ONE William F. Buckley

Noam Chomsky

Uh, Professor [cough] Noam Chomsky [cough] is listed in anybody’s catalogue as among the half dozen top heroes of the New Left. This standing he achieved by adopting over the past two or three years a series of adamant positions projecting at least A- American foreign policy, at most America itself. Uh, his essays and speeches are collected in his new book, “American Power and the New Mandarins.” Uh, usually Mister Chomsky writes non-political books. For instance, “Syntactic Structures,” in nineteen fifty-seven, “A Cartesian Linguistics,” [cough] in nineteen sixty-six, and “Topics in the Theory of Generative Grammar,” nineteen sixty-five. He is a highly esteemed,

American Terror libretto © Jeffrey Lependorf 2008

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American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

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