I had trouble coming up with questions to ask myself, so I asked my wife, who is a psychologist in a prison, to ask me questions like I was one of her inmate patients.
I see that you were placed in the mental health system. What prompted this?
I wrote a book about my favorite authors and their metaphysical ukuleles. It’s as crazy as it sounds.
What makes it crazy?
I didn’t mean to do it, exactly. I started out bored one day in New Mexico, kind of stranded in a diner, so I started writing about Herman Melville’s time with in the Marquesas, living with a tribe he believed were cannibals. The story seemed more real to me once I gave Melville a ukulele, so I went with it.