After two years, I applied to Saint Joseph’s University. I had all intentions of becoming a undergraduate student that lived on campus and got involved in every way possible. When I was not approved for private loans without a cosigner, that dream quickly fizzled out. I made the decision to drive the 15-miles to campus each day. While I wanted to quit my job and put everything I had into my education, that just wouldn’t be a possibility. I could not and would not in good conscious leave my mom with a $ tuition bill each month. I continued to work 20-30 hours each week to help lessen my mother’s financial burden.
Curtin balked at allowing us to call President Richard Nixon to testify, as we’d requested, but he didn’t prevent us from calling a surprising variety of men and women as expert and character witnesses. Among them were a Vietnamese woman whose village had been destroyed by American firepower, the man who blew the whistle on the notorious “tiger cage” torture chambers in Vietnam, a former Marine captain who testified he’d flown illegal air strikes in Laos, and an ex-FBI agent who testified to J. Edgar Hoover’s obsession with spying on anti-war radicals and civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King.
In a positive review for Rolling Stone , Jon Pareles applauded My Life in the Bush of Ghosts as "an undeniably awesome feat of tape editing and rhythmic ingenuity" that generally avoids "exoticism or cuteness" by "complementing the [speech] sources without absorbing them".  Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was less impressed, finding the recordings "as cluttered and undistinguished as the MOR fusion and prog-rock it brings to the mind's ear", while lacking "the songful sweep of Remain in Light or the austere weirdness of Jon Hassell ".