Mike Nichols: Sometimes You Don't Know

Interview with Mike Nichols
Conducted by James Grissom

Sometimes you don't know anything at all--you have no idea what you're doing. It's like a stroke has destroyed your mind and your memory and your sense of balance. Then you find it--or you don't--but whatever the outcome, the process is fascinating and moving, because the team surrounding you, all of your peers, come in and help you and look on and offer help. You dig deep within yourself to recall what should be done and what has worked in the past. And by God, you get your bearings, and you arrive at the completion with greater friends and greater awareness. This is all bigger than all of us. I'm talking about the work and I'm talking about the people the work reaches. It's huge. We have a huge responsibility, and terror and some imbalance are small prices to pay to readjust, re-examine, and get it together again to do it right.

©  2014  James Grissom


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