Distinguishing Character: In Search of the Eccentric – Sue Kreitzman

What happens when you put a miasmic mix of cultures from all over Europe and the rest of the world onto one island? Well, we could look at one place in particular…

Over the last five centuries the British Isles has stewed and distilled into a bizarre nation with outlandish traditions and people. The word ‘eccentric’ is something distinctly associated with our inhabitants. 

The eccentric character is readily recognisable yet undefinable. Being eccentric isn’t considered a condition, nor a diagnosis. Sure, you can specify traits: creative, idealistic, curious and non-conforming; but the eccentric is more than the sum of their parts.

From the third century Roman Emperor Elagabalus who served guests gem stones for dinner to Albert Einstein going sailing when there was no wind, every time throughout recorded history has its fair share of eccentric behaviour. But what made Britain, and in particular London, the epicentre of eccentricity? And, the real question here: do those considered eccentric see themselves as so?

LONDNR decided to go on the hunt of eccentricity to uncover some form of answer. What we returned with was more questions than we left with, and an enthralling video series that captures our interactions along the way. Without further ado, let’s look at who we spoke to for this episode…

Teacher turned chef, food writer, and artist; the kaleidoscopic world of Sue Kreitzman is as colourful as they get. Hailing from New York, but living in London, Kreitzman pours hallucinogenic animation onto the otherwise grey scape of our city. Throughout 27 cookbooks and innumerable works of art her exuberance in life is evident, yet her personality escalates this all the more. Kreitzman left us giddy as kids and never wanting to stop exploring the meaning of eccentrics and what the term represents.

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