Love and War in India
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Seriously. I mean that's the word: Seriously. I'm not kidding. Seriously, I use seriously way too much. I'm serious.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Impatience with stupid people
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. To wear the world like a loose garment.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In a clean well-lighted place working on my next novel
November 20, 2008Two questions have been asked about my novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief. First: Isn’t your book, like most novels, just a thinly veiled autobiography?
Since The Book of Unholy Mischief is about a chef’s apprentice in Renaissance Venice I naturally reply, “How the heck did you know?” My father is an Italian chef. Beyond that, well, that’s why we call it fiction.
The second question is: Why did you set the story in Venice?
Mysterious, romantic Venice possesses a certain ramshackle opulence. But the thing that made Venice perfect for this story is that... see more