student: You like not knowing?
teacher: I’m usually wrong about what’s going to happen next and I like that.
teacher: Keep the assumptions in check.
student: Which assumptions?
teacher: When someone takes the stage one gets a sense that they might be this way or that way and many times these assumptions are wrong. That’s the best part of an open stage. No – I take that back – the best part is when I think someone is something I’ve seen a million times before but they turn out to be so original I’m destroyed.
student: I think it’s about entertainment.
teacher: So does Nancy White.
student: Who’s that?
teacher: You would have to be up on my most recent Facebook posts to understand.
student: I’m not on Facebook.
student: So you don’t think performing is entertainment?
teacher: Entertainment is part of it but the artists I like the most aren’t primarily entertainment.
student: What are they?
student: What’s that mean?
teacher: They’re not entertainers. They take the stage and pretty soon we’re not in Kansas anymore.