“Anyone who knows me knows that much of the time, I have very little idea what the hell I’m doing.”
– Jad Abumrad, Creator of Radio Lab and MacArthur Fellow, from The Terrors & Occasional Virtues of Not Knowing What You’re Doing
My name is Sharon Benzoni.
I was born in 1984, the year that is also the title of George Orwell’s most famous novel, and raised in various parts of the United States in a world filled with books and daydreamy outdoor adventures.
Right now I live in Accra, Ghana. I’m a graduate student, a writer of sorts and an occasional audio documentarian and broadcaster. In all this journalistically-inclined stuff, I generally try to remember to be guided by this principle, articulated beautifully in a review of David Foster Wallace’s biography:
“Journalists forget—read David’s Kenyon College speech and it will help you remember—that other people have lives that are at least as vivid to them as yours is to you. You have to respect this reality; in fact genuflect to it. What I’m talking about is not a technique; it’s a way of being alive that extends into your work.”
I’ve also recently picked up work with a record company as a fundraiser, chauffeur, speechwriter, sweet-talker, therapist, yoga teacher, social media consultant, baker and event organizer.
I’m hoping this all works out for me as well as it has for Jad Abumrad. In the meantime, I’ve got a lot of gut churn.