From a Financial Times article published earlier this month:
Nick Hornby might be joking when he says that it was “fantastic” to write lyrics for Star Trek’s William Shatner, one of the naffest singers around. But it is hard to tell. Hornby is, after all, a chronicler of sensitive British blokedom and is certainly no piercer of American egos….
The experience with Shatner is “one of the strange by-products” of the writer’s latest book, 31 Songs, a series of musings on personal favourites. One of the pieces he wrote about came from the British musician, Ben Folds, who happened to be producing a new album for Shatner….