Last Questions and the Curse of Sudden Self-Consciousness
An email from Ricochet member Jo:
Recently Ricochet solicited questions from members and what a thrill when mine was mentioned in a podcast - "how many last questions does Peter ask per episode [of Uncommon Knowledge]?" It was meant in warmth and fun. I'd always assumed your last questions were a result of your curiosity and passion and every last question made me smile.
But now it appears you're not using this technique any longer. I'm sad. I hope you didn't change your methods because of me. Please, more last questions!!
Your comment, to be honest, did get inside my head, in that Dumbo-do-you-really-believe-that-feather-enables-you-to-fly kind of way. All of a sudden, I realized that in taping Uncommon Knowledge I quite often promise a guest three, four or five times in a row that this question really is the last question. But in each the last couple of episodes, I was very careful to ask only one last question, making the last question the last.
Now I'll try to reverse myself, going back to my old ways, proffering not just one last question, but a plenitude. I warn you, though, that it won't be any easy. Was Dumbo able to regrasp the feather?
As I say, I'll do my best. But if in the next few episodes you see me crashing to earth--I lack Dumbo's saving ears--you'll all know why.