Author Revealed

About Jeffrey Rotter

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 6/11

Q. Previous occupations

A. Among other things, I assembled modular furnishings for NORAD, cooked in countless restaurants (well, four), went to libraries dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog, transcribed interviews for Jean Stein, played in a punk band with an 11-year-old, and wrote for magazines.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing novels.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to the University of South Carolina undergrad and Hunter College for my MFA.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. I am trying to get back to sleep.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'm presently accepting submissions.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A two-bedroom apartment, my wife and kid. I’m starting on the next novel and the next one and the next one.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. In dry socks.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My wife.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I’m interested in attaining powers that, while not qualifying as “super,” are arguably “exceptional.” For instance: partial invisibility, the ability to shrink to three-quarters my normal size, or the dragonlike capacity for breathing fire, but only through my nose, and only enough to light a cigarette.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Whatever reflected virtues I get from my son.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to sit quietly in a corner of the cave when the first human said the first word for love.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. That nutrient powder that tastes like anything you can think of, whatever that's called.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. That pure sine wave that sounds like any song you can think of, whatever that's called. Also, I like the Kinks.

Q. How did you come to write The Unknown Knowns?

A. I wanted to pit a delusion against a widely accepted truth and see which one survived under scrutiny. The belief in an ancient undersea civilization, the policies of Donald Rumsfeld: which one is fantasy, and which is more dangerous? Plus, I wish I had man-gills.

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