Drawing while listening

Drawing while listening


“Um so my strange parents not only did
they have weird jobs like ski instructor, but they also didn’t have a TV. They
didn’t make a lot of money, so we did not have a TV, lived in a small two-bedroom
apartment, and my dad would read to us. And I was the oldest oldest of five kids,
and he would read to us the fantasy stories he liked. And he, you know, we were
lucky, because he liked The Hobbit. And he likes the Lord of the Rings, and
he liked The Chronicles of Narnia. He read to us, and while he would read
I would draw to make little doodles and pictures. And that really became
an exciting thing for me. To listen to a story while I drew. And
so fairly I wish I’d found them sooner. But I would say maybe ninth grade
I started discovering audio books. Books on tape. At that point they came
in the big plastic case, and you got 16 cassette tapes, and I would put
them into my headphone, and I would listen to them, and read them. But I was a
big fan of science fiction fantasy. Roald Dahl, of course, was a big one
for me. In middle school, or middle grades elementary school. My
favorite of the Roald Dahl books was not Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, but Charlie in the Great Glass Elevator. The sequel where Charlie goes to space
with Willy Wonka, and they fight aliens, and I tell that to some kids
today, and they’re like, “That didn’t happen.” “That’s a real book. You check it out.”

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