Way back around 1990 or so when I was first working on the Foggy Crossing series, I read Tom Bodett’s The End of the Road and Small Comforts for clues on how to proceed. His books and style also had a lot to do with shaping the way I approached Population 485. So add him to the list of folks I owe but have never met.
He is lately best recognized for his appearances on the NPR quiz show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and of course is the longtime voice of Motel 6 (Yep, that’s him saying, “We’ll leave the light on for you.”) (As a guy who has spent years book touring on the cheap, I often say I’ve stayed at the Motel 6 so often Tom Bodett owes me a house payment.)
But: This audio of Tom telling a story about his father is one of the finest things I’ve heard in a long time. I want to say more, but will instead just say I hope you’ll give it a listen. I had trouble finding it on the Moth website but perhaps this link will work? You can also listen at the iTunes site here (Tom currently at #2).
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