A brilliant move of weirdness
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I haven't made a lot of time to blog lately -- been sick, been busy -- but when I saw this piece about Eddie Izzard, I just had to use it as a flimsy excuse to draw attention to his Canadian tour, which started last week.
Izzard is fearless in his defense of the basic human right to live and play in the space between different states of being. He dresses like a woman when he feels like it, but sees no reason why this should define him as gay, and his Britishness hasn't stopped him from promoting Euro-global identities or taking on new languages. He's fluent enough in French and German to perform his stand up routines in both languages, and he is now readying himself to perform in Russian and Spanish.
But his latest boundary crossing adventure is one that might be of special interest to those of us on SP: once a bit of a pudgy monkey (check him out in United States of Tara), Izzard has totally transformed his body over the past year or more by becoming a serial marathoner for political causes. After only a few weeks of training, he took on the task of running more than a dozen back-to-back marathons, and this Spring he intends to run 27 marathons in as many days in South Africa to mark the number of years Nelson Mandela spent in prison.
Always political and always open to changing and improving himself, Eddie Izzard is one of my heroes, and a role model for how to remain open and flexible in a complex world.
Hope you enjoy this piece: