September 27th, 1989

” K has been auditioning for his film, including a woman who had put down among her special accomplishments ‘Flirting with Japanese men.’ Had this been a joke it would almost certainly have got her the job, but it turns out to be true. She is is irresistibly drawn to the Japanese and has learned the language in order to flirt more effectively. Passing Japanese in the street, she will sometimes murmur (in Japanese), ‘I would like to cut your toenails in the warmth of my own home’ – apparently a standard come-on in the Land of the Rising Sun.

‘And does it work?’ asks K. ‘Oh yes. Quite often.'”

– Alan Bennett, diary entry

The things you learn from reading other people’s diaries.

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