Noosa Lee is Australian. She moved to London in 1982 as a member of an indie pop band and has worked in music, media and local government. She is also an aspiring writer who has completed two novels and is currently working on a third. View a sample of her fiction on The Way of the Pear. Her main blog is the polemical That's So Pants.
Why do you blog? > Initially to stimulate and discipline my own thoughts but, increasingly, to open and engage in debate.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Write your own material rather than link other people's together. Readers can make their own connections.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Peter Singer and Martha Nussbaum.
What are you reading at the moment? > Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
Who is your favourite composer? > Stephen Sondheim - I went to a master class he taught about fifteen years ago and it was the greatest learning experience of my life.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > You can trust the truth.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > Globalization is good for society.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > Growth Fetish by the Australian economist Clive Hamilton, because it verified my suspicion that having loads of stuff doesn't make you happy.
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > Tax reform. I'd get the wealthy people who pretend to live on their yachts in Monaco to pay some for a change.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > The concentration of resources in the hands of a few self-interested private companies.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Find the answer to the question 'Why am I here?' sooner rather than later.
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? > I don't think I could ever be in a long-term relationship with anyone, no matter what their politics - I'm not built that way.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Yes, I can't stand stupidity.
What is your favourite proverb? > 'A stitch in time saves nine.' I like sewing.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Shopping.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Being old and not being able to afford heating.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > Yes. I would have given that demo tape to Phil Collins on that plane trip to Sydney and I would have pretended to like his music.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Toni Collette.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Manhattan.
What would your ideal holiday be? > A never ending world cruise; I love boats.
What is your most treasured possession? > Ideas. I can never have too many of those.
What talent would you most like to have? > Natural musical ability.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Travel writer.
What team(s) do you support? > The now defunct Sydney Rugby League team, the Balmain Tigers.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > A golden age of enlightenment to start next Wednesday.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > I'd invest most of it in ethically sound businesses and live simply but comfortably on a small portion of the income.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Gordon Brown, John Howard and George W. Bush. There is every chance my cooking would kill them.
What animal would you most like to be? > Bengal tiger.
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