A. camp counselor, telemarketer, radio host, bartender, publicity director, teacher
Q. Favorite job
A. When the writing is going well, nothing beats being a writer.
Q. High school and/or college
A. I went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Brandeis University. I went to graduate school at Cornell.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Just one? How cruel. Bob Dylan
Q. Favorite movie
A. I can't choose a movie, but I can choose a decade: the 70's. Five Easy Pieces. The Turning Point. The Way We Were. Carnal Knowledge.
Q. Favorite television show
A. Mad Men.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If I had one perhaps I would be better off...
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. calm morning, light pouring in, the day ahead of me.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. I believe that might reveal too much about me!
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. somewhere I haven't yet been.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. does my grandmother count?
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. if I could combine Barbra Streisand, Madeleine Albright, Martina Navratilova and Zadie Smith, well, she would be someone to admire.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. let's all just take the gaspipe then
Q. What do you regret most?
A. not learning how to speak many languages and believing money doesn't matter.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I'd like to be one of those people who comes in and organizes your closet. Or a really amazing singer.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Honestly, I think it's yet to come.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm good with people and I remember names well.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A calm, organized and patient person or thing.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. You're only asking because you can't see me: my nose.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Jane Eyre
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Philip Roth (yes)
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Judy Garland. I'd ask her if my father really was at Carnegie Hall and if it's true she almost fell into his lap.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. As a New Yorker, it's the not cleaning up after your dog on the street. Petty, but true.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. loyalty, humor, generosity
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. a lobster roll from Reds
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. those would have to be timeless so: If you See Her Say Hello, Bob Dylan; Nina Simone's Here Comes the Sun, Tom Waits, Closing Time; Joni Mitchell, River; Metal heart, Cat Power. Uplifting stuff, only to me it really is.