Harold Pinter on meaning

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Harold Pinter
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One from the archives: “Once, many years ago, I found myself engaged uneasily in a public discussion on the theatre. Someone asked me what my work was ‘about’. I replied with no thought at all and merely to frustrate this line of enquiry: ‘The weasel under the cocktail cabinet.’ That was a great mistake. Over the years I have seen that remark quoted in a number of learned columns. It has now seemingly acquired a profound significance, and is seen as a highly relevant and meaningful observation about my own work. But for me the remark meant precisely nothing.” (Harold Pinter’s Hamburg Speech [1970])

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