I think we’ve had two big losses in our modern culture—one is the loss of civility, but the other is the loss of eccentric behavior. We used to honor our crazy writers, people like Dylan Thomas. Allen Ginsberg was never dull. At one talk at the University of Kansas, he took off his clothes at the podium, on the stage. That was the most expensive disrobement in the history of people taking off clothes. The Kansas state legislature cut the liberal arts budget by one million dollars. Because of this one guy. Read extensive interview here.