Thought Catalog


On the eve of Stockholm’s The Next Chapter publishing conference, the former chief of the UK’s Penguin Books Digital spoke of the “inherent decency” of the industry; the message of video’s prevalence; the fact that everybody is a publisher today; and the possibility that publishing is “too nice.”

I was 11 years old and visiting Europe with my parents on my first trip outside the United States, when I first encountered and rejected the reality of my own strangeness. I was climbing on a concrete play structure in Stockholm– an undulating biomorphic sculpture that was matronly, grey, and curved in such a way as to encourage a boy to touch.