In this month's brief encounter, the philosopher and author discusses singing, running—and why her favourite quotation is from Mozartby Prospect Team / November 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in December 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
What was the first news/historical event you can recall?
The Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954, which I listened to on the radio, as a child of six, while my mother went shopping. I am told that long before that, I was coached to answer the question “Who will be the next president?” by answering “Dewey,” a terrible error!
I was 18 months old at the time of that election, and I’m sure I could have mouthed “Dewey,” though probably the correct answer, “Truman,” was a little more than my mouth could handle, nor did it suit my father’s political preferences.
The book you are most embarrassed you never yet read?
The Mahābhārata. I have read parts, but it is very long.
One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Do weight training and specific muscle group exercises if you are primarily a runner. Until I was 45 I did only running, and my body was very unbalanced and injury-prone.