"I wanted to be a great white hunter, a prospector for gold, or a slave trader. But then, when I was eight, my parents sent me to a boarding school in South Africa. It was the equivalent of a British public school with cold showers, beatings and rotten food. But what it also had was a library full of books."
"For a Catholic kid in parochial school, the only way to survive the beatings - by classmates, not the nuns - was to be the funny guy."