There are few places on Earth more prone to the surreal and the bizarre than the Glastonbury Festival. We had a choice of many adventures to undertake, many sights to see and music to hear performed live.
I like to go with the flow, in this kind of hippy dream born of the Summer of Love. The flow, in this particular instant, was being directed by an Irish woman displaying far more purpose than is usually associated with those circumstances.
"I'm going to see Jon Ronson." Grainne informed me, hurriedly gathering all the necessary supplies for such a targeted expedition. Water bottle, sun hat, rain coat and boots. I'm so easily led, especially by people from Dublin being so focused. I grabbed my top hat, packed some bubbles and debated the wisdom of pausing to add some face paints. "Now. We need to go now."
We were halfway to The Park before it occurred to me to ask what kind of band Jon Ronson was.
"He's a writer. He's going to give a talk about psychopaths."
We had to step aside, off the walkway, to allow a posse of fairies, complete with wings and glitter, to pass by. I considered our quest's end. It seemed fair enough.
Grainne appeared back at my side, as soon as the Otherworldly Beings had gone through. "I have to see this. He's the one who wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats."
Again, fair enough. At the Glastonbury Festival, it's imperative to believe a whole list of impossible things before breakfast. And I hadn't had breakfast. We grabbed some nachos at The Park and feasted on them over cups of tea and a glass of Pimms. Then we went to hear Jon Ronson speak about psychopaths, because he'd once charmed my friend with a book about goat staring.
It was the perfect way to approach him. And Grainne was right. The Men Who Stare at Goats is worth reading. I just wish that it hadn't taken me two years to get around to it.
Perhaps the greatest testimony to it of all is that it caused two women to, not only go on a mission across the Glastonbury Festival, but to actually get there without distraction. That is one powerful read.