Writer and firebrand Andrew Sullivan on acting Shakespeare, his reverence for Margaret Thatcher, and the difference between essay-writing and blogging.
DOB: August 1963
Three lessons learned by doing Shakespeare: He’s a genius; Acting is hard, physical work; You only begin to understand what’s behind the play after at least a couple dozen performances.
Heroes: I try and avoid heroes. I guess I revere Reagan and Thatcher. And my mother.
Occupational title(s), both real and desired-in-another-lifetime: Writer, war hero.
Best restaurant in D.C. for political gossip: 18th and U Duplex Diner. Interns overhear everything.
Favorite book(s): Montaigne’s essays; Shakespeare; Pascal’s Pensées; Collected Larkin and Milosz.
What makes you laugh: My dog; South Park; My friends.
Describe your writing process, and any distinctions between writing blog entries and writing print articles: Blogging requires restraining your tendency to rethink, ponder or finesse. It’s more like thinking on the page; a longer essay is the product of having thought.
Charity worth giving to: Institute for experimental medicine at Harvard.
Five words that sound great: Bacon; Joint; Chest-hair; Latte; Amen.