What’s the best thing I love about my job?
I like visiting places and speaking with people and their soul. I have an inordinate passion for writing, for text, for words. I am a journalist and I love telling stories. Well: the best thing about my job is to line up the words, giving an aesthetic sense to everything.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
I do not know if happiness exists in absolute terms. Cause when you are feeling happiness, happiness has already passed by. I think the best is the wait, the wait for happiness counts more than the moment you live happiness. When you wait for the happy moment and you hope for being happy. The wait for happiness is perfect happiness.
What is my biggest fear?
My greatest fear is we’re losing the sense of things or we give value to things of no value. Linking us to the answer on happiness, instead, my fear is in observing that the waiting for happiness is destinated to vanish (and if it happens it’s because there is no hope).
What is the trait that I deplore most in myself?
That I get bored when something does not interest me. And when I get bored, I listen but I do not hear (anything).
Which living people in my profession do I admire the most?
Who can write well and who is smarter than me.
What is my biggest extravagance?
When I think with pen in my hand and when I think I’m outside from the world.
On what occasion should I lie?
In the right one.
What is the thing I do not like most in my work?
To be at the mercy of events. Precariousness. Wait. The wait, that bitch, kills me.
When and where have I been the happiest in my job?
When someone (you know) picked up the phone and told me: “Do you want to go to Palestine?” Or when the newspaper asked me to follow the Turkish elections. Of course, immediately, I say “yes” to these things. And when I receive that calls, I stand up on the sofa and jump a bit around the house. Also when I see my name on a newspaper or I’m in the front page of a newspaper.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
My hate for parties (for parties I mean parties full of people) and that I don’t know how to sell myself well (I’m a bear and I have to learn). I’m also shy and wary.
What is my biggest achievement at work?
Reportage (Palestine, Oman, Vietnam, Shanghai), the letter of the Turkish girls (we are still friends), the elections in Turkey. But also the portraits of my characters. I find that the people I have described are beautiful.
Where would I like to live more?
Here, between my mountains and my lake. But then, I would always travel.
What is my most precious treasure?
What is my most marked feature?
The strength of will.
What is my most inspiring place in my city?
There is a place above my old house where you can see the stars, in San Giovanni alto (Lecco, Como Lake).
What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city?
Nothing is as good as at home. But I like the Corte Fiorina. I like also eating the sweets of my friend Ilaria at Pasticceria su Misura.
Which books have influenced my life and how?
I will not make the intellectual name of some famous writer. Apart from Dostoevskij, with his “Notes from Underground” (which I love). I will make the name of a popular writer: and I say Stephen King, because he writes well and writes simple. Writing takes reflection from what you read. And a journalist knows that it must be understood by everyone: to write simple, but in an aesthetically beautiful way. So, to write well and understandable to all, I try to read simple.
Who are my favorite writers?
Stephen King, Murakami, Philip Roth. I love dystopia (Orwell is perfect). But I really liked Robert Harris’s “Monaco”.
You only die once. What music would I like to listen to on my last day?
Rondò Veneziano. When I was a child, I enjoyed the turntable needle. I usually listened the record when I was alone at home.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
We don’t need false heroes.
Who are my heroes and my heroines in real life?
We don’t need heroes. We have to do the best, without “keeping up with the Joneses”. Our grass can be very green 😉
Which film would I recommend seeing once in a lifetime?
Barry Lindon. For the scenes lit by candles.
What role does art play in my life and in my work?
Lining up the words is an art form. So, for me, art is everything.
Who is my biggest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My cats. They are the antistress of my anxieties and desperation.
Who would I like to work with in 2019?
With all those I interview. I am also amazed about how much wealth I receive every time I talk to someone.
Which people in my profession would I like to meet in 2019?
Too many. Or too few. I could say “the Pope” or Putin, but is impossible. Maybe an exorcist. It would be interesting.
What project, in 2019, can not wait to work?
To my articles, maybe a book. But there is a problem: I can not write long. I will learn?
Where can you see me or my work?
On my social networks. On Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram. On online links and on paper newspapers.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Passion is the engine of everything. If you work with passion and put your soul in what you’re doing, you can do great things. Your dreams are made of passion and nothing is impossible.
What creative heroines should invite Peter to tell their story?
Some scientist? Science is important. Or maybe my friend Thamina Arian (I interviewed her, last year). She works for women’s rights in Afghanistan and I think she has an important message to share with the world.
How can you contact me?
Twitter and Instagram: @SM_SaraMauri
Facebook: Sara Mauri