8 Questions with Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah is the author of Little Family. https://www.ishmaelbeah.com/


Which talent would you most like to have?

Pole vaulting. I have always admired the ability to takeoff from the ground, from earth, and fly using your body.


What is your most treasured possession?

My mind. It has liberated me over and over again and it is my only possession that is free and can never be shackled by anyone.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I don’t believe in perfect happiness because happiness is not constant. Perhaps the closest thing to it for me is enjoying and appreciating simple moments.


What is your motto?

Live without any fear.


How would you like to die?

Listening to an amazing story with a drink and laughing.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

I would like to come back as some sea creature so that I can experience another kind of beauty and madness.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Patience. It seems to be always required to silence and further subjugate.


What is your current state of mind?

Restless and deeply observing how people are behaving in these times.