Tealight Talks - "Glory" Part 1
Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For this months 'Tealight Talks', Sash interviews Matt on Tealight's topic for September, "Glory."
Have you ever had a truly spiritual experience?
I have, although I think my meaning of spiritual may differ from many peoples. That's the beautiful thing about spirituality - there's endless interpretations to be found within it, and how that applies to us as individuals will be wildly different. I actually feel self-consciousness about expressing those experiences to people, because it's something that to me personally is so markedly precious and with so many layers of meaning, I could never give it justice by saying (or writing!) it aloud.
What's a sight that always takes your breath away?
The first one that springs to mind is Mount Fuji – I've travelled to Japan a few times, and I've seen Fuji on each occasion - during a blood-red sunset, during a misty day, during a really bright winters morning and passing by on a bullet train. Every time seeing it is exciting. I've already started looking into climbing it on my next visit.
Kleos is the Greek word for "renown" or "glory", believed to be transferred through generations. What's something that you've inherited from your family (blood or found) that's an important part of who you are?
My sense of curiosity – I can't help take an interest in everything around me. The history of where I am, the people I meet, the music I listen to, the books I read. I spend a lot of time researching anything I enjoy in a stupid amount of depth.
What in your opinion, is totally over-glorified or overrated?
I actually don't know! Even if something isn't to my taste, I admire anyone who is brave enough to put their work into the world. I guess one thing that is over-glorified is celebrity culture, even though I buy into it myself. Obviously many celebrities do deserve the praise they receive and they definitely should be admired for the very hard work they put into their craft, but the way (mostly female celebrities) are discussed in the press and hounded by the media, it completely crosses a line and becomes less about their art and more about body image, love lives, their children - it must be a momentously difficult task tackling the constant invasions of privacy and personal boundaries, and it creates a separateness from them and the 'public', they become less human and more targets – celebrities have a privilege and a platform, but they are held to impossibly high standards, and the press places them onto pedestals just to knock off when they need a story.
Glory is the main villain in the fifth season of Buffy of the Vampire slayer. Do you have a favourite villain in fiction and why do you love/hate them?
Spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I know Buffy ended over 17 years ago but just in case anyone is wanting to watch it and hasn't! Great question – my favourite villain is actually from Buffy, but it isn't Glory. In season six, I love the twist of Willow becoming the villain. I think her character arc through the whole show is so well written, and in particular I love how grey her villainy is during the last few episodes of that season. The love of her life has just been killed, and what she does is such a violent and powerful reaction to that. Although the story line of the season was her becoming dangerously dependent on magic, and her betrayal of Tara, when I initially watched it I didn't expect her character to become what it did. I still love watching the scenes of her and Buffy going head-to-head! Also watching the awkward 'nerdy' character grow into a hugely powerful witch in a relationship with Tara was great.