Not many people can use television shows as a form of research for a project. I have been watching this season’s Who Do You Think You Are with much interest, and falling all over myself to find a pen and paper to write out quotes. This week’s episode, with the delightful Mr Rupert Everett, gave me great material. Some of his strung-together words (also known as ‘sentences’) were brilliant:
It’s just fascinating how the ripples of energy and things and action cross time.
I may have shrieked something like ‘Yes! I know I know. That’s what this big, long project of mine is about!’ but of course, he didn’t hear me. Which is a bit of a downer, because I think he may actually find what I am doing mildly interesting. Or perhaps not, because it isn’t all about him.
At the end of the story, after having discovered so many secrets, amazing stories and devilish characters, the episode ended with this remark:
‘The generation before you definately influences your generation. Either you go with it or you react against it. It’s like joining the dots because I understand more about my father, looking at his ancestors. And therefore, maybe, I understand more about myself.’
Which made me pose the question: Am I reacting against or going with what I know? And how many times did my own family veer from one extreme to the other?