An interview with Mrs. McGovern: who is Guinn?
Today we want to learn something more about the private side of W, her daily life as Guinn McGovern: who is she really? We obtained an exclusive interview with Guinn's mother: of course Mrs. McGovern is not aware of the nocturnal life of her child, so we told her that the interview was for an article on Guinn's employer's newsletter...
Kickstarter: "Good morning Mrs. McGovern, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today."
Mrs. McGovern: "No problem, I'm happy to help Guinn if I can. Can I just ask one question before we get started? Why are you interviewing me and not directly Guinn?"
K: "It's the concept of the newsletter: having somebody else tell us a story about one of our colleagues."
M: "Are you an HR person?"
K: "Ehm... yes..." (nervous)
M: "Very well, what do you want to know?"
K: "Tell us a story that will help us understand who is Guinn really. Something from her childhood, or from college, anything."
M: "I have a very good one. She was about ten years old, maybe nine. One day, coming home from school, she asked me where did her name come from, since it is not a common name. I told her that her dad is a very enthusiastic reader of science-fiction, and his favorite writer is Ursula Le Guin. That's where her name comes from, with an additional "n" to add more character.
Guinn became very curious about this writer so deeply admired by her father, she decided to read one of her novels, and for some reason she picked The Lathe Of Heaven. I don't know if you've ever read this book, but it is pretty complicated for a nine-year-old: it's a story about how difficult it is to change the world, even with the best intentions, even with the most advanced tools. The protagonist can literally make his dreams come true, and he uses his gift to try to cure the world's troubles - but as I said it's not an easy task. Guinn was very impressed by a scene in which the hero wants to eliminate racism, and he tries to dream about a world where nobody is discriminated because of the color of their skin. The result, though, is that everyone becomes grey. At the time Guinn didn't understand much about racism, and she couldn't believe that the only cure for it would be to make everyone grey! I still remember how she told me "I don't want to live in that world, I want to live in a world where everyone is different".
And this is Guinn: maybe a dreamer, but surely a believer."
K: "Thank you Mrs. McGovern, this was exactly what we were looking for."