The deadlines are much, much longer with books. When I was a reporter, a lot of times I’d come in at 8:30 a.m., get an assignment right away, interview somebody, turn the story in by 9:30, and have the finished story in the paper that landed on my desk by noon.
I’ve been traveling all over the world for 25 years, performing, talking to people, studying their cultures and musical instruments, and I always come away with more questions in my head than can be answered.
There’s a kind of sick security some people get out of keeping away from people with disabilities. They are running away from any situation that’s not totally pure and all-American and that requires them to do any thinking.
Absolutely the worst thing about this job is the travel and being away from family. I have a wife and three wonderful children, the kids are all active in sports and it’s very difficult to up and leave and miss them growing up.