Someone asked me if I was afraid to write my memoirs. I told him: 'We have to stop drawing up accounts of fear! We live in a society in which people are allowed to tell their story, and that is what I do.'
War used to be something you could stand on the nearby hill and watch. Now we have total war; everybody's in it. We have total economics as well. Everything affects everybody. The Malaysian currency shakes, and people around the world are seriously affected.
I remember when I was young, many cities in the Muslim world were cosmopolitan cities with a lot of culture.
If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.
Arlie Russell Hochschild