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Having recently seen The Lady in the Van (three times!) I will am was reminded of how much I’m have enjoyed the work of Alan Bennett over the years—which led me to his Untold Stories, published in 2005.  In a section on “Art, Architecture and Authors” he writes:

“Sometimes when one’s reading a book, a book say, you come across a thought or a feeling, which you’ve had yourself, &, thinking it peculiar to yourself, you haven’t expressed or communicated it…and now here it is set down by someone else.  & it’s as if a hand has come out & taken yours.”

Original Caption: The Librarian Carefully Enters the Consignment Into Her Books, 12/1952. Records of the U.S. Information Agency. National Archives Identifier 23932351

Original Caption: The Librarian Carefully Enters the Consignment Into Her Books, 12/1952. Records of the U.S. Information Agency. National Archives Identifier 23932351

Doesn’t happen to me often, but often enough for Bennett’s words to strike home.  I am am will sometimes be struck by a thought or use of language that makes me pause, reread, sometimes record, & always savor the moment.  What I’m Reading.

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Updated: February 22, 2016 — 5:07 pm

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