I was lucky to visit the Capital OTB Channel's set on the backstretch of Saratoga Race Course and talk about the book. Tom Amello asked me an interesting question to which I gave the worse answer. He asked when I came across the subject, what arrogance did I have to pursue it?
Arrogance may have been a funny word to use, but I think I get it. Why did I feel like I could pull it off? My answer was terrible. I went into how I went to U Mass and studied journalism and it got off course from there. What I should have said was that I love story telling. I love tight frames for nonfiction and I love to see my characters in their elements. I should have said I hate hit-and-run journalism; get the quote and get on with it.
That's what this amounts to. I've been trained to love long form narrative nonfiction. That's what the answer should have been.
Live TV. Live with it.