"When the system on which life depends starts to collapse, all other problems fit inside that problem"by Prospect Team / June 20, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
First news/historical event you can recall?
John Lennon’s death in 1980. I hadn’t seen my mother cry so much before. It was confusing and interesting to me that she could feel so strongly about somebody whom she had not met.
The book you are most embarrassed you never yet read?
With great shame, I’m going to have to say James Joyce’s Ulysses. I say with great shame because I’m a huge Joyce fan and I’ve tried many times to get through it.
One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?
To my younger book-writing self I would say: don’t be surprised when the empire fights back. Also it’s not worth getting a stomach ulcer over a student newspaper.
What is your favourite saying or quotation?
It’s something Wendell Berry, the poet, farmer, short-story writer and essayist once said to me. “Stop somewhere and begin the thousand-year process of knowing that place.”
Where do you want to be buried/have your ashes scattered?