-Why do you love telling stories?
Stories are food. Stories are everything. Stories are prayer. Stories are holy. Without substantive stories, people will sell you lies. Religions are stories, politics are stories, nations are stories, towns are stories, families are stories. That’s why Alzheimer’s is so cruel, because it sucks out all your stories. If you don’t have real stories, whether they’re silly or funny or brave or stories of unbelievable courage or defiant grace, then you’ll be sold nothing but murder and lies. So I’m a story catcher. That’s my job. And more and more as I get older, stories are where it’s at. Everything that we are is composed of stories.
Well, sometimes the kids need somebody to talk to. They’re away from home, mom and dad are wherever – maybe Timbuktu, and it just makes me feel good to talk to them. They can’t ask me about romance though, that’s where I draw the line.
Every time I tell someone I’m from Haiti, people always say, “Oh yeah, you guys had that big earthquake.” It’s always about that. Some see me as a survivor or whatever instead of as a human being. I’m defined by the earthquake, which is just kind of hard.