“Much of what I know I’ve learned by asking questions. My conversational style is inquisitorial. I want to know people’s names, and where they grew up, and where their family came from. Small stuff, but often amazing in its emotional wallop. My product is people, my playing field the external world. I don’t want to text people if I can tell them on the phone and hear their voice. I don’t want to hear their voice on the phone if I can meet them and see their eyes. I don’t want to walk around New York City talking on a cell phone to someone who is somewhere else. I would miss too much. I would miss seeing and hearing—and overhearing—the things that give me an interesting life. I want to be alive in the present moment that I’ve been given to be alive in.”

—William Zinsser, “An Interesting Life”

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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2 Responses to Commonplace

  1. Ernesto says:

    Welcome back from your technology vacation.

  2. Dude, I wish. Last week ended up being the week that I absolutely had to keep in close contact with a Jackson rapper, b/c Anna and I had to shoot his electronic press kit. He goes by Skipp Coon (real name: Jocephus Martin), he’s good (one of his songs might end up on next month’s mixtape), and his latest EP is getting a LOT of attention b/c ?uestlove has tweeted and blogged about how good it is in national media. So, in some ways, I ended up spending last week MORE plugged into the internet than usual. *sigh*

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