Books were a way of immersing myself in the world of an author. Because a writer gives a reader ownership of his story, you are allowed to feel as if you belong to something. I love the authors who share the knowledge that we're all in the same boat, especially when they do it with humor. They can, through a character or a scene, show you how absurd your own neuroses are. It becomes clear that while other people may look as if they're all going along well, they're likely to be just as neurotic as you are. That's very comforting.
I think that's also what theater is about—creating a sense of community on a night in a dark room where people feel that for those two hours they belong, that they are connected to something.
Liev Schreiber wrote the screenplay for and directed Everything Is Illuminated . He appeared in Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway.
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