Ted Leo. It’s nice to hear someone say this, because every time you go to a book conference and people start talking about book sales and the future of the author tour and how it’s dying and so on, there’s always some young buck who wants to make a big deal out of moving to the model of what musicians do. Authors should tour just like musicians, the young buck will say (ignoring the fact that authors do not have very much merch). And I’ve always thought, what musician can sustain that for their entire life? (And why are we assuming it will work for authors, anyway? Seems like many of them are authors precisely because they are not great at or not interested in public performance.)
Not that the current/old model is some great shakes either, just that I like to hear people who know about these things being honest about the impossibility of expecting creative people to put on a performance continuously for the rest of their life in order to have a career, because it gets us closer to figuring out another alternative altogether.