Lorenz Gude grew up on a farm in New Hampshire where he remembers one evening seeing God in the eye of a Jersey cow. He studied English literature and comparative religion at Columbia College, took up professional photography and later did an MA in media at Southern Illinois. He went on to teach media and photography in the US and Australia until 1987. Since then he has been a Harley dealer, a consultant in Aboriginal education, a therapist, and a gold miner in Zimbabwe. Lorenz lives in Western Australia and blogs at Yankee Wombat and New Media Theory.
Why do you blog? > To relieve rage.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Finishing a post easily.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Struggling all day with a post to no avail, like today.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Sign up for a free blogging service and just start blogging rather than worry about installing spiffy blogging software.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Carl Jung, Marshal McLuhan, Robert Persig.
What are you reading at the moment? > Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain by Sharon Begley and The Suicide of Reason by Lee Harris.
Who are your cultural heroes? > The photographer Edward Weston and Andy Warhol, because they taught me to see differently.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Ulysses by James Joyce or perhaps Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
What is your favourite poem? > 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost.
What is your favourite movie? > The Natural with Robert Redford, or Casablanca.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > That dope is harmless.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > That we never set foot in the same river twice.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > That evil in ourselves or the world is just a construct.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > Robert Persig's Lila – ostensibly a novel but really a book of philosophy - because it has stopped me taking subjects and objects as founding assumptions.
Who are your political heroes? > Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and FDR.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > 'God made idiots for practice, then he made congresspersons.' (Will Rogers)
What would you do with the UN? > Defund it and fund only the parts that appear to work, but strictly as isolated organizations - like its statistical gathering function.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > The combination of fanatics (not just the current ones) and WMDs.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > Much better to come if we can avoid fanatics with WMDs.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Turn down even the most tempting offers to be a suicide bomber.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Self-delusion, probably because I've suffered from a fair bit of it myself.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > All of them at one time or another. For me they are part of being human and signal that some deeper issue is being engaged. Acting on them is an entirely different matter, but if I denied having them I would feel contempt for myself.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Life after death.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > More than I can stand to think about. What a depressing question.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Didn't think I could answer that one, but yes - Dustin Hoffman.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > Eddie Murphy.
Who are your sporting heroes? > My son Lorenz who played 3rd base fearlessly and one year batted .354.
Which baseball team do you support? > Brooklyn Dodgers.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > I'd buy a big spread in Texas and plenty of ammunition.
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