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Ptolemy Tompkins

Ptolemy Tompkins has been an editor at Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is the author of four books. His writing has been featured in Beliefnet.com, Harper’s, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York.
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Ptolemy Tompkins
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I wouldn't mind being able to ask the Buddha if he really didn't believe in the existence of the self.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Really? Okay, let's see. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" -- Joy Division. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" -- U2. "Dreaming" -- Blondie. "Moonlight Mile" -- The Rolling Stones. "I Am the Resurrection" -- The Stone Roses

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Marine biologist

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Danny in The Shining.

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