A. High school: Nanticoke, Pa. College: Harvard and Trinity College, Cambridge.
A. Casablanca-- isn't it everyone's?
A. The Sopranos
A. Husband, father, writer. Loves: Robin, David, Michael, traveling.
A. From 'The Rules of the Game': what you must understand is that everyone has his reasons.
A. Eating dinner outdoors in a piazza in Rome with my wife. (What makes this idea of perfection particularly appealing is that you can actually do it.)
A. Being gravely ill and dependent.
A. Istanbul-- my new favorite city.
A. No one.
A. My wife.
A. That I have never written a movie. But who knows?
A. Speaking a foreign language fluently.
A. My two sons, David and Michael-- though I suspect I didn't really have much to do with the fine men they've become.
A. Out of the many? Impatience, I suppose.
A. A genuine curiosity about people and places.
A. George Clooney-- or at least look like him.
A. I hope, a sense of humor.
A. Patrick Leigh Fermor-- not fictional, but certainly the hero of his wonderful memoirs.
A. Shakespeare. "Just talk; I'll listen."
A. People using cell phones in the street. Not getting a live person when you call customer service.
A. Film director.
A. Intelligence, humor, kindness.
A. Easier probably to say which songwriters: Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, The Beatles, Antonio Carlos Jobim
A. Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Marcel Proust, Evelyn Waugh, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
A. Remembrance of Things Past, The Great Gatsby, A Handful of Dust, Middlemarch,A Time of Gifts.
A. The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh.
A. You are already in every word-- become interested in someone else.
A. Positive: authentic feel for place. Negative: not fast enough (but I fear I ignore this).