I'm a "Star Trek" fan but it's not, you know, a lifestyle. I like the franchise just fine, and my favorites are the third series and the sixth film. It's a pleasure to be speaking with Capt. James T. Kirk, sure, but I'm less interested in "Trek" than other things. He's one of the few Enterprise captains, after all, who's done many, many, many other things -- which is why his life story has thus far supported three memoirs and, on tour now, a one-man autobiographical stage show titled, with typical humility, "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It."
So when he mentions Folds, with whom the often musically maligned Shatner recorded one supremely excellent album -- 2004's "Has Been," an evocative and emotional set of 11 tracks based on Shatner's unique. way. of delivering. the spoken. word, featuring Aimee Mann, Joe Jackson, Henry Rollins, Brad Paisley and others -- my music side beams up more than a little.