“There’s Definitely Some Low Level Endorphin Activity:” A TDQ Q&A With Writer And Hotel Chain Spokesman Tom Bodett

Tom Bodett

Light bulb technology has changed drastically in the last 25 years, but Tom Bodett is still "leaving the light on for you."

This week we chat with writer and Motel 6 spokesman Tom Bodett. Tom talks about his latest project, reveals to us the little-known secret about writing children’s books and tells us who he thinks should play him in the movie about his life. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with writer Tom Bodett

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Tom Bodett: By reading all the way to the end of that question.

TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?

Bodett: I would have to put it somewhere between starting the car and finding my wife has filled the gas tank and thinking all day that it’s trash pick-up day, then realizing it’s not. There’s definitely some low level endorphin activity.
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“I’ll Take The Working Class Drunk Over The Socialite Drunk Any Day:” A TDQ Q&A With English Teacher Jay Haffner, Part 2


Blurps! A new social media sensation, by Jay Haffner.

TDQ: School districts around the country are eliminating teaching cursive, with the logic that no one will use script in the future, everyone will type or text. As an English teacher, do you think that actually writing a story or assignment with a pen and paper is fundamental to becoming a better writer/student, or do you agree that if they’re going to type so much, to hell with teaching cursive?

Haffner: Ha. Good question. I wouldn’t say the actual act of putting pen to paper on a regular basis is going to make a person a better writer, per se (I haven’t used the phrase “per se” in a long time and, looking at it now, I’m realizing I need to use it more often), but it’s still important. If for no other reason, the lack of funds being appropriated to public schools these days almost ensures that kids are going to continue to get an education that’s totally and utterly devoid of current technological devices. They need to learn to write so I can stop grading 150 essays that I swear are written in Sanskrit. 
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