Dave Barry on bands, Stephen King and North Dakota
(CNN) -- During an interview with CNN, Dave Barry talked about his musical activities, the reaction to his humor columns, and Stephen King's future.
On playing with the motley crew of authors and musicians called the Rock Bottom Remainders:
"The Remainders don't rehearse. We just yell chords at each other."
On Stephen King, Barry's Remainders colleague, who has said he's going to end his career in publishing within the next couple years:
"He'd talked about that. He still has physical problems and he can't work at the same pace. ... With his interest in other things, I think he'll focus on other kinds of projects. He has nothing to prove, [so he should do] whatever makes him happy."
On the publicity his "Talk Like a Pirate Day" column generated, including an item on NPR's "All Things Considered":
"It's partly pure coincidence when something hits the public psyche [like that]."
On North Dakota, the subject of several Barry columns. The residents of Grand Forks town invited him up and named a sewage lift station for him:
"The people are just like [what I wrote]." And what does he think of North Dakota now? "I like it better when I'm away from it."