Q: Is there a book or an author you re-read for intellectual company?

FK: There are many —

Jalal-ud-Din Rumi’s Masnavi: I can never get enough of the delicacy of its poetry — if life can produce such beauty it must be worth it;

Any Shakespeare, although the sonnets and the tragedies are my favourites;

Malcolm X’s Autobiography is a continued inspiration;

The Bhagavad Gita and its practical philosophy;

Being and Time by Heidegger, a major influence on my work and life;

Asterix the comic book has lit my life with Gallic irreverence and levity about the world from childhood to manhood.