I wrote a different question on each card in a deck of playing cards. Each person draws a card, then I ask them the question on that card and we have a conversation.
Think of anecdotes you've heard over coffee or beer or just sitting around with friends. People tell the best stories when they're talking about something they know or really feel or that happened to them.
Everyone has experience living. This means everyone has something of substance to say. The Big Questions, the mysteries of life, how shall I live? what are the big patterns of life in our time.
I got a small digital recorder of my own in late '06 and set to work imaging how to use it to interview a large number of people over time. A number of questions come to mind about how life is.
One night in April 2007 I finally had a few minutes to myself to start writing them down. I was eating dinner by myself the night before a big conference in Vegas I usually go to. I wanted to pose the questions at random so I grabbed a Sharpie and a deck of cards and started writing one question on each card in a deck of cards.
When I meet someone who's interested in appearing here, I ask them to draw a card. The question on that card forms the basis for our interview.
I began the series with an interview with my friend Dan in the back of a moving cab in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, April 15, 1007.
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