At dinner, Sam announces that her first novel has been accepted for publication.
Bill, having raised his children to be writers from birth, is thrilled, but becomes annoyed when she admits the book is not the one he had been helping her write.
Even as his neighbour-with-benefits, Tricia (Kristen Bell), tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else’s charms.
Despite being rebuffed, he continues to pursue her and eventually strong-arms her into a cup of coffee.
While discussing their favorite books, Sam is unnerved by their similar tastes in literature and runs off, refusing to be roped into a relationship.
“There was definitely a novelty effect to being that young and performing,” says Oberst, who was the band’s gangly, bespectacled frontman.“Can you imagine what it’s like to play indie-rock shows in basements where people are yelling ?
Just having to get through that and present your work regardless, when people grew up watching you?