I've lost count of the interviews I've done about my illness and its relationship to my ideas and writing.
I don't want to be the passively alert vegetable in the corner that takes in everything but can't communicate, which I think would suck a lot of life out of my family without giving very much to me.
Popularizing - much less venturing beyond one's secure turf - was frowned upon for many years. I think I probably internalized the prohibition, even though I was - and knew I was - among the best speakers and writers of my age cohort. I don't mean I was the best historian - a quite different measure.
I'm not sure I've learned anything new about life; but I've had to think harder about death and what comes after for other people.
W. Richard Stevens