I wanted to talk a bit more about Tom Waits. I can really relate to him in one way. It seems to me he has (had?) a real aversion to the public. That was one arena he did not seem to be comfortable with, but was forced to take part of due to his popularity.
I have a fond memory about a story that a friend told me about when we were shooting the breeze. I used to go to a lot of parties at her house when I was younger. I would arrive at the party, nod my head, smile if needed, grab a beer, and then sneak outside to the front or back porch and watch the night sky. That was were I felt comfortable. I really enjoyed my friends company, but not when her house was full.
One day we were just sitting around talking about various things when she told me that during those parties people would tell her that they better check on me. She would stop them dead in their tracks and tell them I am fine and basically not to bother me. She was one of the few people that actually understood me. She knew I was right were I wanted to be.
When I see this Tom Waits interview I just get that same feeling that he was like us. Amazingly he is not drunk or high. He was just extremely uncomfortable. Martha has had a few discussions about introverts in her blog posts. I think she will be able to relate to this interview as well.