to find oneself: the Alan Bennett way


Basically, you look inside your work. (I should think this is good as a measure of both the self you find, and the work.)

From Tim Adams’ interesting article about the always-interesting Alan Bennett:

“For a long time, years even,” Bennett recently wrote, “it seemed to me I had nothing to put into what I wrote; and nor had I. I did not yet appreciate you do not put yourself into what you write, you find yourself there.”

It seems that his new Auden/Britten play, The Habit of Art, is largely about how you find yourself in it. But in a practical sense that will be hard to do; tickets are virtually unobtainable now.

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