A. The one I have now - writing teacher for medical students at Columbia med school
A. Milton Academy, Brown University
A. David Byrne
A. Tough one. Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" is up there.
A. Six Feet Under. I also love Felicity.
A. avoid mottos and maxims...
A. Australia, cabin in the woods
A. Don't know about identifying, but I admire Abe Lincoln
A. My mom. But David Byrne and Barack Obama are pretty cool too
A. Curly hair
A. surgeon (in a world where surgeons don't work or train like they do now). Or farmer.
A. Bernard Malamud Marilynne Robinson Andre Dubus (the father) Lawrence Weschler Aleksandar Hemon John Williams many more
A. John Williams, Stoner Bernard Malamud, The Fixer Marilynne Robinson, Home Kenzaburo Oe, A Personal Matter Jean Stafford, The Mountain Lion too hard to choose just five!
A. Watership Down was great to re-read, as was East of Eden
A. Keep Doing It. There are so many reasons to write that are beyond publication. Look to those and you'll find more stories.
A. I was writing around this book for years. I knew I would someday write some version of it but I didn't know what form it would take. Then in graduate school a teacher diagnosed my stories as all having "damaged males on the side," and I was shocked into beginning the novel in earnest.