'Pacific Burn' by Barry Lancet
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. A paraphrase of something I once heard: As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. I don't have one, but I did. Long ago, I took a leap, packed up everything, and went to live in Tokyo. The decision was a huge risk and came with many unknowns, all of which I eventually overcame. Do something like that, and "your greatest fear" will evaporate.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd like to be multilingual. A new language opens so many doors.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. So many choices but I'd start with Dostoyesvsky, and I'd ask, first, "How did you do that? and second, "Could you teach me?"
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Not one in particular, but people like Churchill who have overcome the insurmountable despite endless setbacks and great odds.