Cowboy boots you can't wear unless you actually are a cowboy or in a Status Quo tribute band, or over 60; there's something about a retiring gent in cowboy boots that looks sort of presidential.
My husband and I are just really laid back people.
Everyone always says, 'When you look at a boy band, one of them has to be gay.' No, they don't.
We didn't realize there were that many boy bands until we started touring in Europe. I don't think we were ever affected by it since a lot of the groups in Europe didn't really sing live, but we did and would perform a cappella as well.
My professional and human obsession is the nature of language, and my best relationships are with other writers. In many ways, I know George Eliot better than I know my husband.
I don't want to abandon one work for the other, and I don't think I need to sacrifice anything to put my all into either one of them.
When I was 6 years old, I was in a rock band that was horrible called 'Dead End.' The name kind of described us. People liked us; we would go and perform at coffee houses and stuff.
The great thing about being on tour is that... the band plays at night and other than that we have a lot of free time.
One of the negative sides of a really intense arc as a touring band is there are big gaps in your memory because you're so exhausted.
The National's favorite experiences as musicians are when we are collaborating with people a little outside of our world as a band.