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.
I keep saying the word 'weird' over and over again, but it's the only way I can describe it.
I feel sorry for people who have to edit me. Which is why book writing is by far the most enjoyable. Really the only thing it's based on is whether it's good or not. No book editor, in my experience, is getting a manuscript and try to rewrite it.
I grew up on a farm, and we didn't have cable and only limited radio stations, so I wasn't inundated with culture the way people in other parts of the country were. But I was really interested in it.