Great interview with a great storyteller: Ira Glass

June 15, 2010


Slate recently published a really nice interview with “This American Life” host Ira Glass. Since part of our mission is to “celebrate great stories” it seems fitting to share it.

One thing that stood out to us as a great message we should all take to heart:

“Everybody has a drama, a struggle that they went through, and for me it was turning myself from somebody who wasn’t any good at this thing (storytelling) into somebody who’s really, really good at it. I was a great intuitive story editor from the start, but writing, interviewing, performing on the radio—I was just terrible at all of that. All through my 20s, my parents were like, “Why are you doing this?” I wasn’t making any money, and I was so bad at it. I was 19 when I started at NPR and I was 27 or 28 before I could competently put together a story that I had written. All that time, I just stubbornly pushed toward this thing because I thought it would work out in some form. I was right about that, but I was wrong about pretty much everything along the way.”

Read the rest of the interview here.