“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” ― Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
Theater review: Ben Brantley on Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink
"But this is a play by Mr. Stoppard, who likes to warp and weave together different eras of history. And like many Stoppard plays, “Indian Ink” is about time, and what is lost and found or never retrieved in its rushing currents.
It is also about Anglo-Indian relations, and the distortions of thought and language that exist within that hyphenated concept; colonial subjugation and the cultural Stockholm syndrome it sometimes inspires; art as a public and private means of expression; the elusiveness of home in an international world; the niche literary industry devoted to beautiful female writers who led lives sensational or tragic (or preferably both); and the utter unreliability of recorded history.
That’s a lot of bases for one play to cover. “