Well, I live in the world, like everybody has to...
Resolutely he turned on the television, watched a gardening programme, a cookery programme, a serial about policemen, and one about firemen. The exercise had done its work; he was now back in the present.
The Next Big Thing, Ch. 7
Television for Brookner characters acts as an antidote to introspection and ennui. It is often surprising to find them switching on. But it's a reminder that for all their abstraction, their lives of the mind, they live in the here and now: Brooknerian lives are real lives.