A. Television production assistant, publicist, editor, program administrator, proofreader.
A. I can think of no better job than the one I have now as professor.
A. I'm a proud graduate of Rutgers University.
A. "Manhattan" (Woody Allen)
A. "The Wire" was pretty excellent.
A. Always seeking adventure, knowledge and peace of mind.
A. Overcome your fears.
A. A shady patio, a good book and a sugar cone of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
A. To be invisible.
A. Back in bed.
A. Mary, Queen of Scots.
A. I have always been intrigued by Isabella Rossellini.
A. "Um" and "You know"
A. Not trusting myself more.
A. Singing or renovating a home.
A. Marriage. Publishing a book.
A. Because I'm shy, I'm neither pushy nor overbearing.
A. A cat.
A. My hands are small.
A. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.
A. Gargamel from the Smurfs. Also Clare Quilty from Nabokov's Lolita.
A. I would advise Alexander Pushkin that a duel never solves marital problems.
A. Punctuality, generosity, loyalty.
A. Plain pizza.
A. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (of course!) The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton Less Than One: Selected Essays by Joseph Brodsky
A. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
A. Good revising is just as crucial as good writing.
A. How they identify with the theme of displacement. One doesn't have to be an immigrant to know what it feels like to be an outsider.
A. I love Anna Karenina, but I did not set out to rewrite the classic. Instead, I wanted to consider the collision between the Old and New worlds; it occurred to me that by alluding to Leo Tolstoy's great classic, I could more deeply explore the themes of infidelity and community in our contemporary moment.