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Denver is a city that will be far more defined by its future than its past.

Denver is a city that will be far more defined by its future than its past.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Because of my father, we are that Shining City on a Hill.

Because of my father, we are that Shining City on a Hill.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

My dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that's not so bad but New York

My dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that's not so bad but New York City?
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

My dad grew up in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, desperate to get to London.

My dad grew up in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, desperate to get to London. I grew up in London, so I don't know what it's like to yearn for the big city from a small town.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I moved to the city in August of 1980, and someone I thought was a friend h

I moved to the city in August of 1980, and someone I thought was a friend had an apartment in this wedding cake of a building, so I slept on her couch for a few days.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York City where gay marriag

Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York City where gay marriage is not only legal, but it's common and they don't even notice.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I have a home in Orlando. That's kind of my default 'getaway' city.

I have a home in Orlando. That's kind of my default 'getaway' city.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia

Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia every day, and it's always in the form of someone homeless. 'Look at that guy - he's crazy. He looks dangerous.' Well, he's on the streets because of mental illness. He probably ha
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I also meet with city officials, representatives from governors' offices, r

I also meet with city officials, representatives from governors' offices, really anyone in that sort of position who has shown an interest in youth fitness, to let them know why this sort of program is so important. I give the same message when I speak at
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The further away we got from 9/11, the more I wanted to find some way to re

The further away we got from 9/11, the more I wanted to find some way to recover. I wanted to talk about the more anonymous corners of the city, because I think it's very important that not all of that anger was turned to revenge.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

When I played a club in Salt Lake City, I complained to the crowd about the

When I played a club in Salt Lake City, I complained to the crowd about the low turnout. It's always good to berate the people who paid to see you because you're upset about the people who didn't show up. It's called misplaced anger, and without it, I wou
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The fact that Newark is having poetry festivals and peace conferences - all

The fact that Newark is having poetry festivals and peace conferences - all of these things are building an undeniable thesis that our city is making incredible strides forward.
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

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