A. I used to be the editor of a magazine about video games, back in the Pac-Man era.
A. See above. It was the only job I ever had.
A. Vailsburg High School in Newark NJ, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ
A. Back then, The Beatles. Now, Fountains of Wayne
A. Raiders of the Lost Ark
A. The Daily Show/Colbert Report
A. I try to make people--and myself--happy.
A. Keep it simple, and never make the same mistake twice.
A. I don't think there's any such thing. It's human nature to always want what we don't have, so if we ever achieved perfect happiness, we would want something ELSE. People are funny that way. I'm perfectly happy right now, but I'm always looking to make myself a better person anyway.
A. That we are slowly making our planet uninhabitable.
A. On a huge, grassy field, playing catch with a baseball or a frisbee.
A. Thomas Edison
A. Al Gore
A. "Turn off the lights when you leave a room."
A. Not asking if I could pitch in Little League
A. Playing guitar
A. Turning reluctant readers into enthusiastic readers
A. I am terrible at socializing in large groups.
A. I communicate very well in writing.
A. Paul McCartney
A. Austin Powers
A. Dr. Evil
A. John F. Kennedy. I would say to him, "If you go to Dallas, somebody's going to shoot you."
A. Riding my bike
A. Rock star, or professional baseball player
A. Honest, openness, originality
A. "I Saw Her Standing There" by the Beatles, "Katmandu" by Bob Seger, "Everything is Broken" by Bob Dylan, "Life in the Fast Lane" by the Eagles, "Travelin' Band" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
A. Roald Dahl, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Cormier, Jack Gantos, Peg Kehret, Mark Twain, Gary Paulsen, Carl Hiassen, Andrew Clements, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and lots of others. But to be perfectly honest, most fiction bores me. The only thing I read, every day, from cover to cover, is The New York Times.
A. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hatchet, Ball Four, Cat's Cradle, Huckleberry Finn.
A. No, I rarely read a book twice.
A. Have a conversation with the reader.
A. When I read your books, I feel like I'm watching a movie in my head.
A. Well, it wasn't any genius idea on my part. I just figured that every kid would love to have a machine that does homework automatically. It was a no-brainer. After that, I had to come up with a twist to make that story even more interesting.