The New York Times has published the transcript of an interview with outgoing US President, Barack Obama. It is a fascinating read. Some of his thoughts seemed a perfect addendum to this morning’s post, “A Few Words on #RoundReads“.
I loved reading when I was a kid, partly because I was traveling so much, and there were times where I’d be displaced, I’d be the outsider. …so the idea of having these worlds that were portable, that were yours, that you could enter into, was appealing to me.
…I think rediscovered writing and reading and thinking in my first or second year of college and used that as a way to rebuild myself…
I was hermetic — it really is true. I had one plate, one towel, and I’d buy clothes from thrift shops. And I was very intense, and sort of humorless. But it reintroduced me to the power of words as a way to figure out who you are and what you think, and what you believe, and what’s important, and to sort through and interpret this swirl of events that is happening around you every minute.
For me, particularly at that time, writing was the way I sorted through a lot of crosscurrents in my life — race, class, family. And I genuinely believe that it was part of the way in which I was able to integrate all these pieces of myself into something relatively whole.
Roundtable Readers (#RoundReads) launches tomorrow, Wednesday 18th January @ 8:30pm GMT
See you there!!!