Let’s detox our toxic habits. Day in, day out, we are told to “detox”! But what does it mean? We met with the world’s most-read French writer, who published his 18th novel The Last of the Stanfields in 2017, to get his take on the trend.
The term “detox” is omnipresent nowadays. What is your idea of the perfect detox, be it a diet or otherwise?
My idea of the perfect detox is to not be stuck to a news channel for three days straight. You’re sure to feel better! As for detoxing with food or drink, I’m not so sure. I have seen so many friends follow miracle fad diets promising physical and mental well-being, such as only eating grapes or bananas for four whole days. There is actually an old remedy that really works, and I’ll give it to you for free: stop drinking, smoking, and eating too much! You’ll see, it’s quite surprising; you feel better very quickly! Is that detoxing, or just stopping our toxic habits? You tell me, as William would say!
You have written a best-seller every year for the last 16 years. How do you manage to find time for yourself despite this rhythm?
My profession is quite astonishing, in that I could stare at a flowerpot for two hours and make everyone believe I was deep in thought for my work. Or strike up a conversation with a beautiful woman on the pretext I was researching a character! I couldn’t possibly say anything else, just in case someone I know reads this article. I have a reputation to keep up, after all!
What is your favorite tea?
Ah, “T,” I use it so often in my novels. You wouldn’t believe how many words would no longer exist without it, “exist” being one of them! On a more serious note – because I can tell you need at least one serious answer out of me – my favorite tea is Lapsang Souchong. I never did know what old Lap was singing about, mind you, nor why Sue shone!
The digital detox trend is very popular in the United States. Would you be prepared to try it?
I certainly would! In fact, I think I’ll start right now, we’ll have to finish this interview fast, detoxing is no laughing matter!
Exergue: “Detoxing is no laughing matter”
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