04 February 2009

Commonplace Book Excerpt: The History Boys

When I'm reading, I like to write down notable excerpts in my commonplace book. (Notability, in the case, means insightful or humorous or challenging or just plain interesting.)

I recently re-read Alan Bennett's play, The History Boys. I saw the production at the National Theatre in London at the tail end of my study abroad experience. Shortly thereafter, the production went to New York and became a movie.

This quote from Hector, a teacher of "studied eccentricity," perfectly fits what I love most about literature and the arts:

Hector: The best moments in reading are when you come across something -- a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things -- which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.

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