I'm here at the bustling Metropolis Cafe in Chicago. It's Sunday afternoon. I'm meeting with a young writer, Mo Hickey, to discuss my blog. She hails from Bennington College, where she's in the writing program that has produced such talents as Michael Pollan, Bret Easton Ellis and Amy Hempel. Mo writes poetry and fiction. She'll be helping me improve this blog. Probably long overdue. She asks me good questions: "Do you like narrative to be threaded into the facts?" We discuss the practical matters such as hours and pay. I also lay out the other challenge. In other words, I explain what it's like to work with me. She smiles, undaunted.