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An unexplored world

There is a part of everything which is unexplored, because we are accustomed to using our eyes only in association with the memory of what people before us have thought of the thing we are looking at. Even the smallest thing has something in it which is unknown.

Gustave Flaubert, in a letter to Guy de Maupassant, 1870.

The world around us is infinitely astonishing. To me, the best theatre is made by those who refuse to take what they see for granted. They cause a revolution not by tearing down the past to worship at the altar of the new, but by holding up the familiar for close and subtle inspection.

I often think novelty is the easy way out. Perhaps the most interesting work is not about creating new worlds, but by turning a new eye on the world we numbly gaze at every day through habit-glazed eyes.


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