A. newspaper reporter
A. being an author
A. Clayton High School/University of Missouri School of Journalism/LBJ School of Public Affairs at the Univesity of Texas
A. James Taylor
A. Mod Squad
A. I love my wife; I parent, I write.
A. I live to write the perfect sentence.
A. My 8-year-old son gets the game-winning hit.
A. Factual errors.
A. Las Vegas
A. The reporter in "Citizen Kane."
A. Cindy Pasquarello, Pediatric Nurse, Joslin Center
A. My son's faulty beta cells.
A. To fix anything in the house.
A. Five books.
A. I chase open-ended straights.
A. I listen.
A. I'm quiet.
A. Stephen Dedalus
A. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you.
A. Pretentious language.
A. baseball player
A. honesty, humor, intelligence
A. In 2000, after I wrote a book on Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, someone suggested I should write a book on Willie Mays. While I never saw him play, his name is magic to any baseball fan, and his career -- from 1951 to 1973 -- exquisitely overlapped the modern civil rights movement. Mays was one of the most prominent blacks in America at that time, so any authoritative biography of him would be about more than baseball. I was able to track down one of Willie's few trusted friends, and he asked Willie if he was interested in cooperating on a biography. Willie said no. I returned to Willie's friend two years later with the same request, and Willie again said no. I tried a third time, and had the same result. I then tried a fourth time -- seven years after I made the initial effort -- and this time Willie agreed to meet me. It was worth the wait.