A. book publisher. acquisition/development consultant for film production and distribution company
A. office manager of Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico's oldest, largest rafting company
A. Marymount High School, LA; Hertford College, Oxford, England
A. Bach; Debussy; Puccini
A. Harold & Maude; The Year of Living Dangerously; Night of the Hunter; Point Break
A. American Idol; Project Runway; EPL, Champions League & World Cup football
A. Happy, riverine, unplanned, panoramic, sunlit, small-town, cosmopolitan
A. Rise above it
A. hearing my son laugh
A. losing my son
A. right here in my house in Taos, New Mexico. If not here, on a remote beach in Mexico.
A. I don't identify with other people. I've never been able to answer this question.
A. Jane Goodall. I edited one of her books. She has the remarkable gift of knowing what's truly important to her, and wasting no energy on what's not important.
A. Bloody hell. Um. Come on, Rafa!
A. Not much, really. I used to say I'd get my pilot's license by the age of thirty, and I didn't.
A. It's a bit early to answer that, but I hope it will be a happy, active son.
A. Laziness, both physical and mental. Also I swear too much.
A. I'm a loyal friend.
A. An English oak tree.
A. Good: helpfulness; bad: impatience.
A. This changes. Right now, Camille Desmoulins in Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety.
A. Ahab, if he's a villain.
A. Shakespeare: "Was it fun? Was it you? Why did you stop?"Nelson Mandela: "How is it that anger seems not even to touch you?"
A. Hypocritical politicians. People who leave lights on in unoccupied rooms. That the Taos Youth and Family Center is closed on public holidays.
A. Whitewater rafting. Messing with the decor of my house. English crossword puzzles.
A. Interior designer.
A. Loyalty; sense of humor; enthusiasm.
A. French Meadow Bakery hemp bread, toasted, with Enchanted Valley sorrel spread made in Alamosa, CO.
A. "I Second That Emotion" - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. "Tumbling Dice" - Rolling Stones. "We Belong Together" - Rickie Lee Jones. "Love and Happiness" - Al Green. "Cancion Mixteca" - Harry Dean Stanton.
A. Melville, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickenscurrent: Kazuo Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Jared Diamond, Brian Greene, Steven Pinker
A. Moby-Dick - Herman MelvilleLove in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia MarquezThe Good Soldier - Ford Madox FordGuns, Germs & Steel - Jared DiamondHarold & the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson
A. it's a first draft, it's not supposed to be good.
A. "There's so much in your book that connects to my own life - and I was really surprised."