Why did you write Mandela was Late?
After 12 years of writing almost nothing but scripts, I was dying to get back to writing full sentences. I was originally a journalist at the Washington Post so it was like going home again. Of course, I couldn’t do actual newspaper journalism—they have staffers for that—so I focused on articles, essays and op-ed columns. The cache of having been a Seinfeld writer made it easier to get my stories read but I never really saw it coming together as a book. I just kept my eyes and ears open for subjects, one at a time.
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