Deborah Meyler: What Are You Reading?
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I stole it from F.J.Foakes-Jackson, a Cambridge scholar and clergyman: “It’s no use trying to be clever—we are all clever here; just try to be kind—a little kind.”
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Smartness, kindness, funniness.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I would like to be a botanist. I was discouraged at school. I would like to create new flowers. I would also love to be a painter of large paintings.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I like to sit about doing bugger all so that I can feel terribly guilty about not writing. I also love gardening, painting, talking to my friends.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My greatest achievement is a sort of flash of ineluctable joy once, when I was reading Othello. I saw how great it was. Other people have this about God; I'd like it to happen to me over God. Though perhaps if something is ineluctable, it can't be an achievement.