"That’s what comes with age,” he lamented. “You end up with more people on the other side than there are here. I hear people my age talking about this all the time: The worst thing about them getting older is less of their friends are around. But I’ve still got most of my good buddies, so that’s good.” I asked him what he enjoyed about being old, now that he’d made it there. “If there’s only one chair left, you’ll get it,” he said, smiling. “An extra piece of cake if your wife’s not around. The good things in life, you know?”
There are a lot of voices these days. So many that, I think, even positive sentiments become detrimental in their deafening number," Callahan explains. "Quiet reflection can be the clearest and most informative and soothing voice you'll ever hear."
But he rejects the notion that these songs were written as allegory. “A good story is so useful and so polydisseminative that you can apply it to your own situation,” he said with a chuckle at his own use of academic terminology. “That’s the poet’s ideal … When I’m writing about the fall of a civilization, well, especially given our present political moment, there’s a 50/50 chance on any given day that it’s going to sound like I’m writing about the present.