Nothing good can happen when people fear the other

October 19, 2015

We cannot come together, if we fear each other. Our democracy is doomed unless we overcome fear. Here’s an interview of Marilynne Robinson conducted by our president, Barack Obama. From,

When Barack Obama sits down for an interview, he’s usually the one answering the questions. But he’s had a hankering to turn the tables lately, and so, last month, the president spoke with his first interview subject: Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, and the 2014 National Book Award finalist Lila. At the start of the interview, which was published in print and as a podcast by the NY Review of Books, Obama tells Robinson that he chose her to talk with because he’s been a fan of her work since reading Gilead, a book set in Iowa, while campaigning in the state prior to the 2008 election. He first met Robinson when he presented her with the National Medal of the Humanities in 2012, and they have remained in touch ever since.

Here’s a link to the print version of the interview that he conducted in Des Moines, Iowa last month.

Here’s a link to the podcast, which is by subscription.

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