I keep saying the word ""weird"" over and over again, but it's the only way I can describe it.
Book writing is a little different because, in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and basically has the same sensibility as me.
Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything.
The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in, and I'm really just writing about myself and using those subjects as a prism.
A whole bunch of months passed and I didn't hear anything and then he emailed and asked if I could do a little piece on POD and Queens of the Stone Age.
It's just that what's important there is different there than what's important is here. Here, people care that you wrote a book or that you work in the media.
Even though I wanted to experience all these things I was interested in, I couldn't get them. So I had to think critically and culturally about what was available.
You're trying to find new ideas in people. I always think to myself, what question I am least comfortable asking the person? And then I make sure I ask it early in the interview.
The essays are very solipsistic and self-absorbed, I'm totally conscious of that. To me, book writing is fun, and I basically just write about things that are entertaining to myself.
It didn't seem remotely possible. I had no idea how people got those jobs, I didn't know what the steps were, it never even dawned on me. It seemed so outside the realm of possibility.