Tina Brown on Weinstein, War and Peace and the fall of democracyby Prospect Team / December 13, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
First news/historical event you can recall?
The assassination of Bobby Kennedy when I was at boarding school 6th June 1968 made the most impression. All the weeping girls in the dorm.
The book you are most embarrassed you’ve never read?
War and Peace. There has never been a holiday long enough.
The best & worst presents you’ve ever received
Best, a complete set of Orwell first editions. Worst, an enormous aluminium safe when I asked for a jewel box. Both were from Harry. [Tina Brown is married to celebrated former Sunday Times editor, Harold Evans.]
One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Learn to speak in public.
What is your favourite saying or quotation?
“He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.”
Where do you want to be buried/have your ashes scattered?
Wherever Harry’s are.
If you were given £1m to spend on other people, what would you spend it on and why?
On funding sponsors and job coaches for disabled young people. They can do so much and no one gives them a chance.
The talent you wish you had?
What do you most regret?
Going into business with Harvey Weinstein after I left the New Yorker.
What is the biggest problem of all?
The rise of the Strong Men and America’s retreat from the world. Everywhere we look it is toxic testosterone from Trump to Duterte to Erdoğan to Putin. The only calming factor is Angela Merkel in her purpose-built pants suit and now we find she is under threat, which is horrible to even think about.
Are things getting better or…