A. Actor, taxi driver, casting assistant, legal proofreader, warehouseman
A. Writing books and doing radio.
A. Harriton High School, Lower Merion PA and Antioch College, Yellow Springs Ohio
A. Shostakovich and Steve Earle
A. Ride the High Country
A. The Wire
A. observed, reported, reflected, then I wrote books
A. Deadlines are sacred
A. Being unable to work
A. On a clifftop overlooking the Mediterranean watching the sunset
A. Two forgotten men I found out about while writing Emancipation: Moses Hess and Solomon Maimon.
A. Nelson Mandela
A. Are you KIDDING me?
A. That both my parents passed away before they could kvell over Emancipation
A. To play piano like Sviatoslav Richter
A. A pronounced tendency to see the glass half empty
A. An ability to imagine myself inside the shoes of someone from a different culture or historical era
A. Conductor, Berlin Philharmonic
A. My speaking voice
A. Captain Ahab
A. Inspector Javert
A. Julius Caesar at the age of 30 as he stood at the foot of a statue of Alexander the Great weeping because Alexander had conquered the world by that age, and he, Julius, had done nothing. I would tell him, one late bloomer to another, your best days are ahead of you.
A. playing with my daughter
A. concert pianist
A. Intelligence, wit and loyalty
A. My wife's cooking
A. Oh, c'mon, only 5?!?! Darkness on the Edge of Town, Tangled up in Blue, Bob Dylan's Dream, Over Yonder (Steve Earle), People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
A. Fiction: Philip Roth, Hilary Mantel, Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, Jack London, Poetry: Carol Ann Duffy, Osip Mandelstam, William Shakespeare Uncategorizable: Heinrich Heine Special mention: Parmenides of Elea
A. The Bible (King James Version) The Devils Sentimental Education Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man One Hundred Years of Solitude
A. Winesburg, Ohio
A. When you look at your own work and that of your favorite authors, know what you like and know what is good and know that they are not always the same thing.