Andrew Sullivan writes a column for Time, the New Republic, the Sunday Times of London and the Advocate. He is the editor of the up-coming Same-sex Marriage: Pro and Con - A Reader (2004). He blogs at andrewsullivan.com.
Why do you blog? > It's fun to think out loud.
What has been your best blogging experience? > The relationship with my readers.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Having to defend my private life in public.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Michael Oakeshott, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Hayek, George Orwell.
What are you reading at the moment? > Father Joe - a memoir by Tony Hendra (not yet published).
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Madame Bovary.
What is your favourite poem? > 'Faith Healing', by Philip Larkin.
What is your favourite song? > 'Left to My Own Devices' - The Pet Shop Boys.
Who is your favourite composer? > Olivier Messiaen.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > Abortion. I've gone from being resolutely pro-life to being reluctantly pro-choice in the first trimester.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > Individual liberty.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > Post-modernism.
Who are your political heroes? > Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Margaret Thatcher.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > Never surrender.
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > A flat tax.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be President, who would you choose? > Arnold.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Islamist terrorism.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Try to believe that you are worthy of God's love.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > Of course. The sex would be great.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Generosity of spirit.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Cruelty.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > Answering questionnaires.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Built-in bias against Anglicans.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Skiing.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Catching planes on time.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > I'd try not to get HIV. I did try, of course. But obviously not hard enough.
What would your ideal holiday be? > A sunny day in the distant dunes on Herring Cove beach in Provincetown with nothing to do.
What is your most treasured possession? > My friends.
What talent would you most like to have? > To play a musical instrument.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > South Park; the Simpsons; Abfab; Alan Bennett; Monty Python.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > The ability to be invisible.
What animal would you most like to be? > A beagle.
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