A. Journalism, writing, teaching, public speaking
A. Teaching and writing
A. I went to high school in Moscow.
A. Giuseppe Verdi
A. “Chicago,” a musical directed by Rob Marshall
A. Charlie Rose
A. I work on projects I love --writing books.
A. You live and learn.
A. “Perfect happiness” is a myth.
A. To die before completing my next book.
A. I never thought of this, but do I have to identify with someone?
A. I admire people for their achievement and for having overcome obstacles, disabilities, and their own fear.
A. [I have no clue.]
A. I don’t like to waste my time regretting things.
A. A new talent? I’d like make use of my existing talents – and hope there’s enough time to develop them.
A. I’m not ready to draw the line.
A. This sounds like a job interview, so I’ll reply “being a perfectionist.”
A. I’m not the one to judge.
A. I want to be myself and to make the best use of my abilities.
A. How would I know?
A. The Master from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
A. Mephistopheles from La damnation de Faust
A. Jane Austen, perhaps; I’d like to compare notes with her about the state of publishing back then and now.
A. My dog waking me up at night.
A. Gardening–I’m interested in horticulture.
A. Being an oceanographer
A. Honesty, courage, and perseverance
A. The raspberries I grow in my garden
A. “Yesterday,” “In My Life” (Beatles), “I Love Paris in the Springtime” (Ella Fitzgerald), “Mrs. Robinson,” “There Was a Boy.”
A. Dickens, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tennessee Williams, Somerset Maugham, George Orwell, Vladimir Nabokov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Gabriel García Márquez, Joseph Brodsky, Toni Morrison, Kenzaburo Oe, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ingrid Betancourt…
A. War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Master and Margarita, The Moon and The Sixpence, Nineteen Eighty Four
A. War and Peace
A. Read and learn from other writers
A. “I loved your book.”