Austin Chronicle: What did you want people to take away from 51 Birch Street?
Doug Block: Call mom; call dad. It’s that simple. Don’t wait until one of them is gone to realize you have stuff to talk to them about or things to say. You’re an adult now. I think that there’s always the question: Do we really want to know our parents? How do you get past how you relate to them – which is really based on being a kid? Your relationship is based on being 8 years old, and then suddenly you’re 30, 40, 50 and still relating to them like you’re 8. There’s no way to break through that.