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.
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’.
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.
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.