We're at the Institut français in South Kensington for an anglo-French-American conference. Academics, lawyers, artists, actors.
The key word is 'performative'. To what extent do lawyers, and the law itself, perform? Asking this question is all the rage.
'Being Wallander is very much an existentialist state.' The perfect sequel to Hamlet for Kenneth Branagh, then.
'Do they educate or obfuscate?'
'One wants to make work in the form of a virus.'
'You cannot represent the boredom of boredom.'
'You have to look to Chekhov for how to do it.'
'If you're complaining about a dog that barks in the night, make sure the judge doesn't have a dog that barks.'
'There are locked courtrooms which haven't been used for years - it's a perfect metaphor for Belgium.'
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