63 minutes | Jun 27, 2019

Galley Beggar Podcast #1: Alex Pheby

"I don’t think we as human beings are ethically clean… My entire existence as a human being is unethical... If you’re vegan and get your vegan food from Sainsbury’s you’re just subsidising their bacon... We’re all bad people. We need to work on that." Actual genius Alex Pheby in conversation with Sam Jordison at the Greenwich Literary Festival 2019. Includes readings from Playthings and Lucia - and keep listening to the end for a world exclusive first reading from the forthcoming novel Mordew. For more information and to buy Alex's wonderful books, please visit galleybeggar.co.uk Here's a longer sample, courtesy of twitter user @danieldaviswood who typed it out heroically: "I don’t think we as human beings are ethically clean. I don’t think that is a position you get to occupy. I don’t think you, as a human being—sitting here, you—get to sit there and think that by virtue of you wanting to be a good person, you are a good person. Your entire existence, my entire existence… is already unethical. The very existence of you—no matter how nice a person you are, no matter how good you are, no matter how good you try to be—you’re already, always already, wrong. Your existence has ruined the planet. Your existence as a human being is predicated on hundreds and hundreds of years of brutal repression of other people, appalling crimes that your culture has committed and continues to commit.
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