The "most heard voice in public radio" is being heard a little more often lately. Seems like everyone wants to talk to Frank Tavares about his new book, The Man Who Built Boxes and other stories, his long career with NPR, and his writing life. The list keeps growing.
Here's just a highlight of some of the things Frank's talking about. In an interview with John Bailey on WFIU, John asked Frank what he'd learned about himself from writing this book. Frank said:
"This sounds a little harsh to somebody who might be starting out as a writer, but I’ve come to discover and realize and believe – this is me – there is no muse. You can’t sit around waiting for the muse. There very seldom is inspiration, and when you have it, it’s lucky, but don’t count on it. The only thing about writing that you really need to understand is you have to get off your duff and sit down in front of the pad or the laptop and do it.
And so I found that, OK, maybe I don’t have the critical mass of time. Maybe I might have on some days only 15 or 20 minutes, or even less than that. And maybe I don’t write every single day. But the important thing is that I need to sit down as often as I can. And maybe it’s just a sentence, maybe I’m rewriting a paragraph, maybe I’ll have a day where I’ll have the freedom to do a couple of pages, and that is just OK. Because sooner or later, it’s like taking the step as you go on the journey. Every day it’s a little bit more than you had the day before and pretty soon you turn around and you look and, son of a gun, there’s the first draft of a story, and the rest of it is writing it."
Here are just a few of the other recent interviews.
A Conversation with Mike Foley on WCBE
Prairie Public Radio's Main Street
Where We Live with John Dankosky, WNPR
WABE Atlanta, Frank talks with Steve Goss. Read the longer interview on the website
Frank talks with John Hingsbergen on WEKU Eastern Standard
Frank spends an hour as guest DJ with Cindy Howes, WYEP, spinning out story songs
You can hear the first one with Andrea Kelly on Arizona Spotlight, Arizona Public Media
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