A. I have been a student, a professor, and a writer
A. Writing full-time is just about the best thing ever--like getting paid to eat buccatini all'amatriciana
A. I went to Choate Rosemary Hall for high school, Colby for college, and then for post-graduate study to The Courtauld Institute, Cambridge University, and University of Ljubljana
A. I love punk music, particularly the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid
A. The Simpsons
A. Coffee, food, Europe, art, art crime, writing, coffee
A. Ars Ardor Forma Amor
A. Wandering through Rome, alternating visits to favorite masterpieces in Roman churches with visits to favorite caffes, in a sort of "cappuccino and Caravaggio crawl." I take a perhaps unholy degree of pleasure in visiting churches to look at the art inside, and the only thing that could be better than that is eating great food and drinking great coffee between visits.
A. Fate impeding my path to accomplish all of the tasks, personal and professional, that I hope to complete in my lifetime
A. Where I am, sitting in the Umbrian countryside, writing
A. When I was younger and more Romantic I would have said Marcus Aurelius...does that still count?
A. Obama is the easy answer, of course, but I take such little interest in politics, that I'd have to say David Ortiz (go Red Sox!)
A. They are silly phrases in Slovene, which I speak (with atrocious grammar) with my wife
A. I always wanted to accomplish things at a younger age, and a first novel at 27 seems a bit late, although I know that, for non-abnormal people, that's plenty early
A. Painting and drawing as brilliantly as the artists I admire
A. Founding ARCA, an international non-profit organization that studies and combats art crime
A. I have no patience for details--I want to grab the big ideas by the throat, and then I'll rush passed the "I' dotting and "T" crossing
A. Efficiency, confidence, and relentless optimism
A. My dog, Hubert van Eyck, has a pretty sweet deal going
A. I have black hair, but a red beard, which everyone thinks is dyed (it's not!)
A. When I have my literary hat on, it's Margeurite Yourcenar's Hadrian. When I have my normal person hat on, it's Homer Simpson.
A. Villains always tend to be more interesting than heroes, but I like characters who are simultaneously heroes and villains. See how I managed not to answer the question?
A. I'd like to go out for beers with Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Titian, and watch them argue. I'd go out with Bernini and Caravaggio, but I think they'd wind up punching me.
A. People who dismiss Europe, food, and art without engaging it...to know the good stuff is to love it
A. I love teaching, preferably art history while on location in front of the art
A. Were I a better artist, I'd love to be a great painter. Were I a better artist and chemist, I'd love to be an art conservator. But if I'm honest, I've always wanted to be a pro baseball player. I was really good in 8th grade.
A. Kindness, compassion, and loyal friendship
A. Sticky toffee pudding
A. "Nessundorma," Social Distortion's "Angel Wings," Dropkick Murphy's "Fields of Athenry," Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees," Sunny Day Real Estate's "In Circles"
A. Michael Crichton, John le Carre, Frederick Forsyth, Marguerite Yourcenar, Milan Kundera, Stephen King, Marcus Aurelius, Julio Cortezar
A. Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian," Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations," John le Carre's "The Russia House," Frederick Forsyth's "Day of the Jackal," Milan Kundera's "Book of Laughter and Forgetting"
A. I reread two masterpieces, and humbly take notes: Forsyth's "Day of the Jackal" and Le Carre's "Russia House"
A. Do not let anyone convince you that your product is not good, if you believe that it is good--breaking into the industry is about perserverance and relentless optimism
A. If you could steal any artwork for yourself, what would it be?