really developed the creative
part of the brain. There are no textbooks.
You illustrate your own text books
and take dictation and have your main lesson
on the Middle Ages or whatever and just
create your own books. Or they stick an
instrument in your hand in first grade and
you go into a room filled with violins,
cellos and flutes and they're just there
for you to just choose
what you want to I've played every
- and always in trouble. Aged
eight I still couldn't read.
In fact, I was dyslexic and short-sighted.
Despite sitting at the front of the class,
I couldn't read the blackboard. Only after
a couple of terms did anyone think to have
my eyes tested. Even when I could see, the
letters and numbers made no sense at all.
you're constantly searching for that great
Also, being a history
buff and learning
in our past and amazing things that they've
done, I came across a book
about Howard Hughes and he was set up as
basically, the most multi-dimensional character
I could ever come across. Often, people
have tried to define him in biographies,
but no one seems to be able to categorize
reading lots of books
and then called the United Nations and asked
if they could educate
me. The more I got involved, the more I
suddenly began to feel
useful as a human being and felt like I
was finally living as I should be.
I don't watch the TV
shows that are about that. I don't read
that make things up about people.
I know what the truth
is. I don't sort of indulge in my own fodder.
don't really care what they write
I tend to like slightly darker things --
have levelled that on me before and I accept
that because in my opinion, if I mention
best books, there's always something
that's involving slightly darker element
of out psyche. I like seeing people under
I like seeing what happens to people when
they're under pressure.
a book one feels
that the author would have preferred to
rather than write;
one can sense the pleasure
he derives from describing a landscape or
a person, as if he were painting what he
is saying, because deep in his heart he
would have preferred to use brushes and
went to China, I didn't want to go, and
I went to see the Great Wall. You know,
about it for years. And actually it was
It was really, really, really great.
gravitating towards drama. It interests
me. In the books
I read, the paintings
I like, it's always the darker stuff.
there any books
that you could remember reading when you
were a kid
that you loved
or that influenced