There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.
All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.
People were incredibly kind to our family and went out of their way to help.
The world is crawling with authors touring now. They're like performance artists.
If you look at my last songs and first short stories, there is a real connection between them.
Now when I look back to the Guildford of that time, it seems far more exotic to me than Nagasaki.
Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory.
As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
I'm very fortunate in that I don't have money problems. I have lunch with my wife at home. I don't have to commute, so I have much more time with my family.
My friends and I took songwriting very, very seriously. My hero was and still is Bob Dylan, but also people like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and that whole generation.