I love this quotation from Alan Bennett. I think it came from the shopping bag I received from Waterstones bookstore in London. They had several different versions of the bags they put purchases in, and each one had a different quotation about reading or books. What a grand idea! This one was particularly meaningful for me. I have certainly had that experience in books, magazines, and now blogs! (and I guess technically, I kind of had the same experience he is describing when I read what was printed on the side of a plastic bag!).
Also, Alan Bennett is awesome. I believe his History Boys was the second play we saw in London. AMAZING. The whole class was floored! And then I read it as well, and did my final paper for the Contemporary London Theatre class on his writings. His writing is humorous, poignant, a little bit dark, and very honest. I love it!