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with writer Tinashe Mushakavanhu
March 23, 2010
interview with Tinashe Mushakavanhu - Read and listen
yourself in five words?
Ambitious, enthusiastic and always determined.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be realistic. Always demand the impossible. Pray.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Too many. Ask my ex-girlfriends. Ask my former bosses.
Ask my former teachers. Ask my friends. Ask my siblings. I have
done a bit of outrageous to everyone.
is your most treasured possession?
(a) My bible - it reminds me of who I am everyday.
(b) My ever-growing personal library is worth more than Bill Gate's
fortune; every book on my shelf is a treasured part of me.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being forced to eat onion soup. I am allergic to onion.
have any strange hobbies?
I find my most productive hours between midnight and the
early hours of morning with a pot of coffee on the side and a chunk
of chocolate cake.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I have never really thought about it. I look in the mirror
and see a guy who seems decent enough and the good thing is I can
put up with him every day of my waking life.
is your greatest extravagance?
This one has to be my MacBook, my companion, my personal assistant.
have you got in your fridge?
Milk always and leftovers from yesterday.
is your greatest fear?
have you got in your pockets right now?
Keys, mobile phone, and my ID in case I get lost.
is your favourite journey?
Sitting on a bus or train, and letting my imagination jump
out of the window, and pretending I am someone else somewhere.
are your heroes in real life?
It has to be mdara wangu nemudzimai wake -
amazing couple. They are my never-ending source of love and strength
and comfort and inspiration.
and where were you happiest?
When I'm around family and friends.
your biggest vice?
The Internet and its many distracting features.
were you like at school?
Quiet, but often unpredictably temperamental. Nicknames
ranged from ‘Prof' to Dickens.
are you doing next?
Finalising copy of my small poetry pamphlet, Harare's
Lonely Eyes, coming out this April to be published with a small
grant from the Canterbury Arts Council. As a young Zimbabwean academic,
I am also working very hard to promote other writers through my
and various book projects I am putting together. I am co-editing
Emerging Perspectives on Chenjerai Hove, together with
Dr Caroline Rooney for Africa World Press and also editing a volume
of autobiographical essays by various Zimbabwean writers to be published
by Adonis and Abbey Publishers. So much to do, so little time.
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