David Brooks talks about his best-selling book, The Road to Character.
"… but go ahead …" "… I wrote in my book …" "… I have opinions on this, but, go ahead…." "…when I was at Yale…"
Loved the content, but, Eric, we get to hear you a lot, we know all these things that you think or wrote or where you went to school — let your interviewee expound a bit, expand on a thought a bit, develop an idea, or give an opinion without you piggybacking each time to tell us how you wrote or said or think or did the same thing. The last half of this interview is as much you as Brooks — that's great if both of you were on each time but since Brooks is on just this one time, maybe a bit more expansion on what he didn't include in the book but wishes he had, thoughts he had not fully developed at the time but are now more complete, feedback he didn't expect, new thoughts it stimulated in him that he is now wrestling with, changes in his personal priorities influenced by Augustine's life — stuff we can't get from the book. Good discussion, though, even with interruptions. The interview with Rosario had her in the role of saying "right" most of the time as you expounded. Listen to it — just a thought..
Within 5 minutes of this conversation I was elevated to a higher level of knowledge. It's one of those moments like when you stumble across 2 people at a cocktail party suddenly realizing that there is absolutely no way to keep up with the level of wisdom being thrown back and forth. Yet Eric keeps it witty and fun as usual. Oh, and I knew it was the Mills Brothers bumper music at the end!
Tonight I had the honor of being in the U.S. Capitol and afterward took this picture. God bless America!