I was present at a discussion about the theatre. I saw some sort of human snakes, otherwise known as playwrights, explain how to worm a play into the good graces of a director, like certain men in history who used to insinuate poison into the ears of their rivals. There was some question, I believe, of determining the future orientation of the theatre and, in other terms, its destiny
[Antonin Artaud - Le Theatre et son Double]
I cannot help but imagine those in charge of public funding resembling such snakes.