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with Toni Crabb, artist and contemplator who likes a walk in a forest
October 02, 2013
yourself in five words?
I will be another.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
You can say no.
What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Some of the times I've fallen in love.
is your most treasured possession?
My 10 or so most loved books on a shelf together. My pencils.
A wooden baboon with rock rabbit fur.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Do you have any strange hobbies?
My sister and I speak a language we invented as teenagers
after emigrating. I don't however use the word hobby as it's a bit
like spare time, a luxury. I know few people who can divide their
lives like that.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don't like it when I look tired. Otherwise as I get older
and whatever beauty I ever had undoubtedly diminishes I feel happier
with my appearance. At least for now.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Anything to do with my work.
What have you got in your fridge?
Normally lots of vegetables, milk, coffee, bit of beer,
peanut butter, eggs, and obscure ecological systems flourishing
at the back.
is your greatest fear?
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
I walk through the forest by where I live almost every
day. That's one. I also like the moment between being awake and
asleep. Some conversations. Making love.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Ordinary people in corrupt systems everywhere who manage
to hold out ethically because they think, empathise and make active
When and where were you happiest?
I think while I was studying. I was lucky enough to have
a scholarship and did not have to earn money. That gave me time.
I'm generally happier the more contemplative time I have.
your biggest vice?
Too much coffee. Internet, ugh.
were you like at school?
Much too good until the age of 12. Then, after being moved
to a Dutch Reform Church controlled school in Southerton, Harare,
I took a strong dislike to sadistic ignorant born again Christian
teachers and lawless hierarchies.
are you doing next?
Taking a break in the sun outside with the cat.
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