My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Really? Okay, let's see. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" -- Joy Division. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" -- U2. "Dreaming" -- Blondie. "Moonlight Mile" -- The Rolling Stones. "I Am the Resurrection" -- The Stone Roses
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Writing my first book. Because I really, really didn't know what I was talking about, but had to pretend I did, and doing that every day for a year and a half gets tiring.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. The psychologist Carl Jung said somewhere that at bottom, everyone's greatest fear is hell. Not the Christian hell, necessarily, but a place of ultimate darkness and negativity. A place that's DOWN, not UP. I think he was right. Well, he was right about me at least.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I think it was Proust who said that we never know when we're happy, only when we were happy. I don't know about perfect happiness, but I know I'd enjoy being able to inhabit certain moments of the past again, only as the person that I am now. To climb back into my past self kind of like a space suit and do it all over again, the same only... different. Actually, I think a lot of writers have this dream, and that that's one reason why at least some people become writers to begin with.