Who’s The Old Guy In My Mirror?

May 1st, 2011

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When I began interviewing authors, Ronald Reagan was president, “Dynasty” and “Dallas” were America’s favorite TV shows, and I was still writing scripts on a typewriter.

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov in 1988

The New York Times bestseller lists were dominated by names like John Jakes, Frederick Forsyth, Arthur Hailey, Isaac Asimov, and Gore Vidal — fine writers all, and all older than me, some by quite a bit.   I’ve interviewed all of them.

Now we’re in the Barack Obama era. “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Dancing With the Stars” are the heavyweights on network television. The typewriter is a museum relic. And the bestseller list is heavy with names such as Nicholas Sparks, Stephenie Meyer, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and David Baldacci — fine writers all, and all younger than me, some by quite a bit.  (I’ve interviewed all of them, too.)

Then there are Christopher Paolini and Jonathan Safran Foer and Tea Obreht. They are young geniuses.

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini

And I have socks that are older than they are.

Where once I was the young rookie interviewing crotchety old men wise literary elders,  now I’ve been lapped.  I am now the curmudgeon likeable older gentleman interviewing brilliant youngsters. Back then, it was a thrill to meet the authors whose work I grew up with, whose novels I read in high school or college.  The thrill today is having a conversation with someone I have never heard of before, but whose books will be read by millions, in high school and college, for years to come.

Good for them. Am I a little envious? You bet. But I’ll be happy just to continue interviewing young writers. After all, as they say, them that can’t, teach.  And them that can’t write, interview.

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