“Manila, Philippines. It is like everything imagined in some dystopian novel in real life.”
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.