Some excerpts from my favorite Esquire interview series What I’ve Learned. This month’s magazine is one of their annual editions that contains several interviews.
Kevin Hart, Comedian
I was in my house the other day. I just started laughing. I couldn’t believe it was my home. Literally, it was an emotional moment.
I saw Chapelle’s latest hour. He’s fucking good! So fucking good! I’m thinking, How do I get to be that good? How does that happen? Ball this shit up that you have? Throw it out. You’ve gotta start over. That’s what pushes me.
Danger Mouse, Musician
I don’t want to know the rules. I’ll just do what I do and I can always pay people who know the rules to come in and tidy up.
On overlooking the music of Pink Floyd because it didn’t seem cool: … A thought hit me, How many other things have I been missing because it wouldn’t have fit in with me socially? That moment changed the way I saw the world. What food had I not eaten because it looked a certain way? What people had I not hung out with because they dressed differently?
Ron Johnson, Captain, Missouri State Highway Patrol
Policemen are saying, “Judge us as individuals. Don’t judge us on that bad encounter you had with a policeman.” On the other side, we’ve got young black men saying, “If I’m walking down the street, judge me based on me and not what a hundred other guys may have done the day before.” We’re both asking for the same thing.
If you don’t know someone black, you need to meet someone black. If you don’t know someone white, you need to meet someone white. If youdon’t know someone Hispanic, if you don’t know someone who’s gay or lesbian… You need to go meet somebody that’s different than you. ‘Cause it’s those differences that are driving us apart.