About Augusto Cury
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I'm a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and had the privilege of developing one of the few theories in the world about the building-thoughts process and the training of thinkers, called Multifocal Intelligence.
Q. Favorite job
A. Being a traveler in the paths of my own being to build new ideas.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Tom Jobim
Q. Favorite movie
A. Gone With The Wind and Braveheart.
Q. Favorite television show
A. I almost never watch television - sometimes National Geographic, Discovery and the History Channel.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I am a dreamer, sower of ideas in love with humanity.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Each human being must learn to be the author of his own story: no one is free in the world at large without first being free within. He who wins without risk triumphs without glory.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. There is no perfect happiness. Being happy is overcoming our neurotic need to always be right, recognizing our mistakes and having the courage to apologize; talking about our tears and teaching our children and students to learn to cry theirs. Being happy is making the small things spectacular in our eyes, making much of little. One who makes little of much is miserable, and needs to purchase dreams of healthy emotion.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Life is beautiful and brief like dew drops. My biggest fear is not living it intensely in this short existential trajectory.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In the middle of a field, in the forest. I need solitude. For some it is distressing but to me an invitation to internalize, to search for myself.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. A life without dreams is a sky without stars, a spring without flowers, a mind without creativity. Dreams are not wishes, but life projects.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Many things, but I most regret not having time to enter into more profound layers with the people I love. We engage in many activities but sometimes we forget the essential.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Being a gardener, tending the flowers, making them spectacular to my eyes.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Recognizing that I am just a human being, and even though I have millions of readers I will never give importance to the cult of celebrity, because that is a symptom of a sick society.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I have several defects. Perhaps the biggest one is not expending more time being a friend of God, to understand the One who is hidden behind the veil of time and space.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Being passionate about people and considering every human being a live star on the stage of existence.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would be a bird, who, even after suffering nocturnal tempests, in the morning rejoices jubilantly.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. People have easy access to me.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Hamlet, who in his lunacy found lucidity.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would tell Einstein that it was a drastic error to commit his son to the asylum and to never visit him. The man who knew most about the forces of the universe was defeated by a force of the universe more complex than the physical: the human mind.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Thinking about death. I think it puts an end to a fascinating life. On the other hand, I take comfort in thinking that life is a grand text, and death is just a comma, because the text is still being written in eternity.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Voyaging the world of ideas; having contact with nature, appreciating the shapes of the leaves, the decomposing logs, flowers; being in contact with children--they draw out the child within me.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Humility, the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes, and the ability to see the same problem from multiple angles.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Fruit, fruit and fruit.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. What a Wonderful World, Girl from Ipanema, How Great my Love for You, We Are the World.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Shakespeare, Machado de Assis, Agatha Christie.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Hamlet, Don Quixote, The Alienist and The Book of Job
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Bible, as it combines the grandeur of poetry and humanity; it values those who are at the margins of society, and the greatness of the Judeo-Christian cultures, and Arabic. Without focusing on religion, I have a respect for all. I have great appreciation for this book.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. When writing books, focus on the content and aesthetic of the words, write to contribute to humanity. Knock on the doors of publishers, and let every door slammed in the face serve as an incentive to continue selling ideas. It is not easy to be published; it is not easy to be granted space in the literary world. But inspiration and perspiration pay off.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. They say they learn to find tools to protect their emotions, free their imaginations and transform losses into gains, tears into experiences. Many say that The Seller of Dreams has contributed to overcoming emotional problems and not giving up on life. I frequently receive emails from people at the brink of suicide who recapture life's charm.