Jesus & The Beatles, Dr. Seuss & Washing Dick Cheney’s Feet: J.M. Blaine Talks About the Secret of Life with Author Anne LamottBy TNB Nonfiction
April 17, 2012
Anne Lamott, she’s a big reason I write. A big influence for a lot of us. Bird by Bird? She wrote that.
I’ve got her phone number in my hand. The publicist said she’d just be getting off a plane. Flying sucks.
Theoretically, I should be good at interviews. I’ve got a Masters in Psych with quite a bit of experience in active listening and cross-examination. Problem is, even though I’ve done tons of interviews by this point, whenever I talk to someone I really love, I turn into a thirteen-year old girl.
But maybe that’s what makes a good interviewer. Neil Strauss, the guy who wrote The Dirt and a most excellent book on the art of the interview, Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead, says you shouldn’t try to be so cool, to go with real emotion, lighten up and just connect as one flawed human to another. My old Rabbi friend says you should never waste a chance to show appreciation for the good things a person has sown into your life. Then, there’s a quote from Anne herself: Flounder as a spiritual act.
Man, I don’t know. Here goes.