Wow. Seth Kugel is delightfully self-aware.
Q: What motivates you to keep writing?
A: Not to be facile, but if I don’t write, I don’t get to do the things I later write about. An editor once asked me whether I was one of those writers who liked writing or who hated writing. The implication—that there are journalists who struggle with writing and that that’s completely normal—was a huge relief.
Q: Name three things you still want to cross off your bucket list.
A: Get married. Have kids. Write a great book. Disappointed?