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Comfort from the good ghosts

Harold Pinter was the iconic playwright of my formative years. I detested him. Pause. Beat. Silence. I was glad I belonged to a nation of storytellers.

As I got older, I hated his politics. I thought he should stick to the stage. Then he died and Michael Gambon read some lines of his at his graveside and I am humbled. "Allow the love of the good ghost," recited the great actor. "They possess all that emotion trapped. Bow to it . . ."

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