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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Lord Peter Wimsey.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To sing. To sing, to sing, to sing.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Tom Stoppard. When he dies, unless I die first, he might be the dead person I most admire. Though really I think Shakespeare is immoveable there, and I am pretty impressed with St Lawrence as well.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Nobody much. I would probably identify more strongly with the people who are not in history, the mute inglorious Miltons, the women who didn't have rooms of their own.