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Talk about how you felt after high school versus today on the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?"

At age 18, the question of what I wanted to be when I grew up was an immensely abstract, existentially loaded notion that I preferred to avoid. I assume it's what a tenuously faithful Christian might feel if asked about what they'd want to tell St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Now I look at growing up as a continual process that ends when you're in the ground & "what you want to be" as a question best answered by what you want to do.

What do you do today to make a living?

I'm a reporter, so I make a living by questioning, thinking, reading, searching, talking, detecting bullshit, and writing.

Describe the worst moment of failure in your creative/ entrepreneurial career.

I had been covering the U.S. Supreme Court for a small newspaper in California, but the paper decided to...



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