In Which I Interview George Carlin (Circa 2001)

I’ve been thinking about George Carlin lately. Particularly his use of words. When I was a child, his comedy routines taught me the power of choosing words precisely and with purpose. He also taught me timing.

Many years later, I had the opportunity to interview him when I was working for Wired News. Depressingly, this is less a conversation and more a straight (and bad) interview. Still, the time we spent — about 2 hours all told — were the best experience of my professional career.

Here is that interview. (With thanks to Jeremy Barna, who pulled this out of the hopper for me.)