Years ago, I read Mitch Albom’s famed Tuesdays with Morrie, a nonfictional account of Albom’s conversations with an aging Morrie Schwartz. Through these conversations Albom was taught about life, love, and how to live.
Fast-forward to my Tuesdays, Wednesdays, late-night emails, and early-morning monologues with writer Jon Farrar. During one of our first conversations nearly five years ago when I joined the NEBRASKAland staff, I voiced an opinion. Then another. Then another. Abruptly, Farrar asked me how old I was. “30,” I answered.
“You’re only 30? Then why the hell am I listening to you?”
He is no Morrie Schwartz. If he had been, Albom would have sold a lot more than 14 million copies of his book.
What one does receive with Jon Farrar, however, is his opinions on a myriad of topics including, but not limited to, Damascus gun barrels, skinks, Joyce Carol Oates, button-down shirts, abridged versions of novels, the true size of Greenland, Michael Jackson, coots, 1920′s women’s lingerie, tennis shoes, microwaves, exercising, Peter Lik, and anything that has happened after 1950.
It is well worth spending a few minutes walking into his office, asking him an obscure question about, say, Bugs Bunny, and pressing Record on the audio device.
If only we could find a way to get more of his thoughts in NEBRASKAland. It may not make the world a better place, but definitely a more captivating one.