Why do you think there’s a need for it at all?
People who are very young often ask, “Why am I writing these notes?” It’s a perfectly normal thing for a kid to write. And in fact, the reason the kid is doing it is because his parents, or his teachers have told him that it’s the most interesting thing he can get done when he’s trying to get away from problems and learn something new.
Why do you think children’s notebooks are so popular?
Children are always trying to learn something new, and there’s always something new to learn. I’m always trying to figure out what I should be doing in the world, so I try to learn something new. I think that’s the primary reason for children’s notebooks. And I think that’s true for everyone, every generation of humans. It has a lot to do with human nature. And it’s an amazing way for a child to get what he needs to be an adult.
How has it affected you as an artist? Will it be as rewarding with your children?
I’ve never had a really good marriage. Even when we were together as children, my parents had a wonderful relationship. I’ve always been very appreciative of the fact that my parents have taught me how to deal with stress. They’ve taught me to not judge myself until I’ve been judged.
My children are extremely good at learning to deal with stress. But I’ll often have a conversation with them on the phone, and I will say, “Okay, that didn’t happen.” And they’ll say, “How can we have these conversations if we aren’t going to do what we’re supposed to do?” And I know that’s very much not true, because every time that I’ve had those conversations with my siblings, they all did that.
So maybe this is how the world works for your sisters.
Maybe the world works how it does because my parents never expected to be parents. My parents weren’t perfect. They made mistakes. They never went on vacation and went into the back of a parking garage in Palm Springs one day and had a nervous breakdown. None of us were perfect at that point in our lives. But they never imagined that in the next 20, 30 years there would even be somebody to take care of us. I think that’s a very strong message, that we should not feel too comfortable with the idea of somebody taking care of us. Just remember that if you’re
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