A. Advertising executive
A. Bronxville High School; Amherst College
A. WAY too humiliating
A. The Right Stuff OR Sophie's Choice
A. The Office
A. Spectacularly blessed -- though still challenged by my iPhone
A. "Have we learned nothing?"
A. I am always happiest when I am with my wife and my daughter.And when we are together in -- Warning, Mid-Life Novelist Cliche Dead Ahead -- Italy, I am especially content. Give me my family, a bicycle, and a bottle of wine and I am one happy fellow.
A. Well, that's a cheery question. When we get past the basics -- fearing for my wife and my daughter's safety and worrying about their health and happiness -- leaving behind a mediocre body of work when I die.
A. A village called Montisi in Italy.
A. F. Scott Fitzgerald -- not in terms of talent, but perhaps in terms of demons.
A. Barack Obama
A. Oh, Lord, I could fill library shelves with books of my regrets. But here is one: My first novel. It is the single worst first novel ever published, bar none.
A. Singing well enough to be in a musical in the West End or on Broadway.
A. Raising a wondrous and big-hearted daughter, who happens to have the voice of an angel.
A. Impatience and micro-management.
A. I am dogged. Alas, that's as good as it gets.
A. A very pampered cat. Also, a Major League baseball pitcher wouldn't be bad. Or a Tony awarding winning actor.
A. Atticus Finch
A. I tend to prefer moral ambiguity to straight out evil.
A. George Bush. What were you thinking? Really, now? What?
A. Loud cell phone conversations on beaches or airlines before the main cabin door has shut.
A. I like to cook.
A. Broadway actor; baseball pitcher.
A. Generosity; curiosity; a good sense of humor.
A. Pecorino cheese
A. Really, it would be embarrassing. Awfully embarassing. TOO embarrassing.
A. John Irving, Pat Barker, Ian McEwan, Joyce Carol Oates
A. To Kill a Mockingbird The Cider House Rules Sophie's Choice The Joyous Season The Great Gatsby
A. The Great Gatsby
A. Care so deeply about the subject - find it so extraordinary - that you are willing to give it at least a year or two of your life.
A. I loved Midwives and I thought you were a woman!