Robert Dessaix: What Days Are For

From the collecton Writers Week 2016

Robert Dessaix is perhaps best known for his memoirs, and in his latest, What Days Are For, meditates on why living in the moment might not be such a good idea after all. 

Historian and broadcaster Paul Diamond joins the former ABC radio host for a conversation that ranges across travel, religion, intimacy and infatuation, and the benefits of a good gossip. Dessaix talks about living in Wellington, travelling, sex, death, crushes, writing and eros...

"I do travel for eros. Eros isn't the same thing as sex. It's the sense of being sensually present in someone's eyes, and they're being sensually present in yours; and of giving pleasure and receiving it. And of it happening now. And I only get that in certain places. Never in Hobart. We don't do eros in Hobart. Everyone has already been married to everybody in Hobart. But in India it's on every street corner. It's a miracle."

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