The Resident IT Consultant was despairing over politicians, again. He said how ‘in the olden days’ – that’s when he himself was younger, not hundreds of years ago – politicians were usually intelligent people. Even if they represented the wrong party. And let’s face it, some people did.
This in turn led him to ponder what intelligent people do now. For a living, that is.
I strongly suspect that many of them write children’s books. There will be other jobs for intelligent persons, but it seems less likely that intellect is combined with the making of lots of money.
I’d like to be wrong about that.
Before, whenever I heard that an author had previously been a teacher, I used to think ‘how clever they were to be writing books now.’ Yes, terribly condescending of me. I must have felt that teachers were rarely of author calibre. And, teachers are not what they used to be, either.
My mistake will have been to assume that the teacher-to-author shift was some kind of accidental move, rather than what I now believe, which is that teachers are extremely capable people, who teach as they dream and plot books. And then at some point they leap.
The first children’s author about whom I thought this was Michael Morpurgo. And then it was David Almond. Yep.
I’d say they have proved their worth by now, and I don’t expect they will be needing to return to the classroom to make a living.
And as has become apparent, there is not much intelligent life in the Bookwitch. I might as well run for Prime Minister.