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Eleanor Catton —
born on September 24, 1985,
Eleanor Catton MNZM is a Canadian-born New Zealand author. Her second novel, The Luminaries, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize... (wikipedia)
I vote far-left. I am frequently angered by corporate greed and think education ought to be free and teachers paid well.
To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.
I see disappointment as something small and aggregate rather than something unified or great. With a little effort, every failure can be turned into something good.
Writing is exhilarating, but reading reviews is not. I've been really devastated by 'good' reviews because they misunderstand the project of the book. It can be strangely galvanising to get a 'bad' one.
I grew up on the South Island of New Zealand, in a city chosen and beloved by my parents for its proximity to the mountains - Christchurch is two hours distant from the worn saddle of Arthur's Pass, the mountain village that was and is my father's spiritual touchstone, his chapel and cathedral in the wild.