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Inside/Out with author Brian Chikwava
January 16, 2006

Read The Jazz Goblin & His Rhythm

Describe yourself in five words?
Short, stained teeth, highly strung

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To use witchcraft against the state

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
Search for a n’anga who could show me how to strike someone with lightning

What is your most treasured possession?

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Mental illness

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Counting pigeons after a good drink

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

What is your greatest extravagance?
Fanta and a rock bun

What have you got in your fridge?
1 beer and rotten milk

What is your greatest fear?
Not waking up in the morning

What have you got in your pockets right now?

What is your favourite journey?
To the bar

Who are your heroes in real life?
The man on the street (in Zim)

When and where were you happiest?
This memory has faded away

What’s your biggest vice?
Sleeping all day when I know I have work to do

What were you like at school?

What are you doing next?
Running away from the landlord before he comes to collect his rent

*Brian Chikwava is a Zimbabwean writer and musician. He won the fifth annual Caine Prize for African writing in 2004

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