Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene

An Interview with Marilynne Robinson

…at Vice. A teaser:

This magazine is called VICE, so maybe we should talk about vices. Do you have any?
It’s very strange, because if I look at my life objectively it looks to me that I’ve done a good deal of work. My most consistent impression of myself is lassitude. I say to myself, “Well that’s just my deeper consciousness.” I remember once reading speculations about why creatures sleep. The one that impressed me was some scientist saying, “It keeps the organism out of trouble.” So every once in a while I sit on the couch thinking, I’m keeping my organism out of trouble. I do get myself involved in things that require a tremendous amount of work. And of course, I’m always measuring what I do against what I set out to do. My other vices—I cannot have macaroons in the house! I’m a pretty viceless creature, as these things are conventionally defined. On the other hand, one of the reasons I have taken [John] Calvin to my heart is that I can always find vices in the most unpromising places.

By E.J. Hutchinson

E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.