A. I've spent most of my professional life working in academic publishing. As a colleague noted many years ago, it's a clean way to make a living.
A. In my youth, I worked in a used book store/comic book shop. It was tremendously fun.
A. Wilson High School in West Lawn, PA and Penn State University
A. Only one? Okay - today I pick Aimee Mann.
A. Citizen Kane. Cliche, yes, I know, but it still knocks me out every time I see it. Followed closely by Lawrence of Arabia.
A. Generally tasty, including the charred gristly bits.
A. If you can't do something smart, do something right.
A. Failing to deliver on a promise. Also, those puppets in Rankin-Bass holiday specials.
A. On the beach in Turks & Caicos.
A. Stephen Colbert always looks likes he's having a lot of fun no matter what he's doing. I admire that tremendously.
A. Most? Most?! Good grief, where do I start? But within the context of this situation, I'd have to say I regret not writing more than I have so far. It took me a long time to figure out how to do this.
A. Ballroom dancing. I've tried several times and I just haven't been able to figure it out.
A. I've gotten pretty comfortable with myself.
A. I've gotten pretty comfortable with myself. (See, it's a two-edged sort of thing.)
A. Currently, Finn the Human from Adventure Time.
A. General Woundwort from Watership Down. He was so sure he was doing the right thing.
A. Based on what I've complained about today, the laziness of American automobile drivers who INSIST on parking as close to the store entrance as possible, no matter how much their behavior inconveniences others.
A. A sense of humor. Fidelity. A capacity for forgiveness. So, what I'm looking for, basically, is a funny dog.
A. In no particular order: Terry Pratchett, William Gibson, Richard Adams, Alan Moore, Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman, John Hodgman, Sarah Vowell, Neal Stephenson, Michael Chabon, Charles Dickens, Gary Trudeau, Roger Zelazny, Vernor Vinge, Harlan Ellison, Ursula LeGuin, Hayao Miyazaki, James Joyce, P.G. Wodehouse, Donald Westlake. I could go on, but I ran out of room on the little scratchpad I was writing on.
A. Here are a handful of books I've reread several times: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens; Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaimain; Watership Down by Richard Adams; (Inevitably) Lord of the Rings by Tolkein; The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin