An interview with my good friend Malcolm Greenhill, a guy I have never met in person but corresponded with initially through comments and then e-mail. Malcolm is a great writer of essays that make me think deeper about a subject then I normally do, why such an intelligent person would enjoy my ramblings I have no idea, but I am glad he is along for the ride.
French fries (or in your case Chips): Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..? What condiment(s) on them?
Chips, these are roughly equivalent to what you call steak fries.
How long have you been blogging and why?
I’ve been blogging since April, 2012. I’ve always loved ideas and blogging provides an outlet to write about them and show another side to me that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed
What odor to you is the most pleasant?
I dislike perfumes and artificial smells and prefer the natural odors of nature, both the good and the bad. Forced to choose a favorite I would say the smell of eucalyptus
Favorite things to read? What genre?
I mainly read non-fiction, history, philosophy, economics. I am usually reading three books at a time and am currently reading Jonathan Haidt’s, ‘The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion’; Rebecca Goldstein’s ‘Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away’; Daniel Hannan’s ‘Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World’.
A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?
I refused to jettison the books I was carrying with me.
What is the best thing about blogging?
The discipline of forcing oneself to write each week. It’s not that I dislike writing, quite the reverse, it’s just that I have so many other things to do that I would never get around to it if I did not have to produce a post each week. I also love the community, getting to know people around the world that, otherwise I would never have had the opportunity to interact with. It’s actually more than that, it’s interacting with people who know my innermost thoughts on a variety of subjects so, in a sense, they know me better than many of my friends and family do.
How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?
I don’t know, probably as much as he wants to defend. They have vicious teeth. Once a marmot decided to hog my pack and it didn’t take long for him to get inside and help himself.
What is the worst thing about blogging?
It’s a time sink. It just sucks you in and then you discover that the day has gone on reading and commenting on blogs.
If you could force one famous person to read your blog who would you force, and how much would you force them to read?
I would not force anyone to read my blog. Malcolm’s Corner is about ideas and people can’t be forced to change their ideas, they must do so willingly.
Where do you hope blogging will lead you too?
I’m not sure, as the blogging format suites me. I like writing brief, pithy essays which respect the reader’s time. Every book started off as an article or a post and then it expanded to a book. When I read a book I’m always looking for the original article or post. The rest is froth.
Well there it is an interview with Malcolm Greenhill, from Malcolm’s Corner, I am hesitant to promote any one article he has written because I have enjoyed them all, but I will say that I have a link to one of his articles permanently in my category: How I See the World, Being Alone with Style, and his most current article In Praise of Repression speaks deeply to me.
Witty observation, disparaging remark, question for A.A., well this is your chance.