Stand up went okay yesterday, even though I talked about abortion and then did a rap. Hurrah. And yey! My girlfriend is coming to the US today. Woot!
The novelist, the spy, the anthropologist, the journalist and the stand-up comedian have this in common. They're all notionally granted licence to stand just outside society and observe it; to pass through interstitial spaces catching glimpses of what's hidden. Notionally, mind.