Asher’s shaman isn’t a tribal witch doctor in a headdress. He looks more like Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting. This is who Asher bounces ideas off of for delving into the deeper, uncharted recesses of the soul, burrowing ever closer toward the heart. He’s got a sense of humour about it and often gives Asher feedback that ends up becoming one of Asher’s maxims.
Asher tells Eddie things he tells no one, and asks him questions he asks no one. Or, put another way, Eddie is, essentially, the recipient of what is untold, perhaps what cannot be formed in words, until it can be. When it can be, Asher either writes it or talks to his Editrix. Eddie says things like “Tell me what you tell no one. Tell me the rest of the truth. I can handle it.” Or he says, “OK, now what are we going to do about it?”