Världens bästa (nu levande) engelsman
Hur lyckas man spontant leverera svar såsom Stephen Fry? Det går nog inte, om man inte heter Oscar Wilde så klart, av vilken Stephen Fry är en nutida återfödd gengångare. Ungefär som Orlando i Virgina Woolfs roman med samma namn. Inte som gengångare i Ibsens hemska mening.
Så här säger Fry om Wilde och om vad som gör en människa stor (i genial mening):
The fact that you could be such a towering intellect, such a lord of language and be charming and graceful, kind, good natured, but also unhappy and unlucky was a great discovery for an adolescent because one of the traps of adolescence is the sort of paranoid resentment that somehow you’re never going to match up and that everybody else’s life is going to be better and finer and fuller. That everyone else attended some secret lesson in which how to live was taught and you had a dental appointment that day or you were somehow not invited and the point of great writers like Wilde is that they make that invitation to you. They welcome it. Perhaps the greatest definition I think of character and quality is people who when they’re truly great rather than making you feel that tall they make you feel that tall, that they’re greatness as it were improves you. They used to say of Oscar Wilde that when you got done from a dinner table you felt funnier and wittier and cleverer. Now a lot of Brilliant people make you feel less funny, less clever, less witty because they’re so clever, witty and funny, but he had the opposite effect. A bit like what Shakespeare said about Falstaff, not just a wit, but a cause of wit in others.
Lyssna och njut nu till bland det klokaste anglofilin har att erbjuda. Efter en timmes humanistisk och människovarm bekantskap/gemenskap med mr. Fry inser ni att han själv uppfyller sin egen definition på ”greatness”. Vips så är cirkeln sluten. Mycket nöje!