Douglas Adams in 1997
for Starship Titanic
by Richard Blanshard)
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On a tour to promote his then-new addition to the Hitchhiker's library, Mostly Harmless, Adams details how the idea for the series came to him, reveals its moral, and explains his inspiration for the towel's central role in it.
He also talks about his growing mastery of computer technology ("I never used to … give lectures at fridge-cleaning conferences"), shares his views on the then-impending 1992 U.S. presidential election ("I couldn't believe … George Bush could be so ill-advised as to start attacking Clinton for having demonstrated against the Vietnam War") and ponders the common thread connecting his work: "Looking at the ordinary, the everyday … from some other angle."
If you're a Hitchhiker's fan, you'll want to play this 1992 interview with Douglas Adams, unheard for almost a quarter-century.
Then listen to my newly remastered (from digital, not analog, audio tape) follow-up 1997 interview with Douglas Adams and Python alumnus Terry Jones, in which, among other things, Adams explains that Shakespeare "just wasn't a good comedy writer."
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