My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I get discouraged easily, but I never give up.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would like to meet Rabbi Leon Modena, 17th century Venetian rabbi, whose autobiography I read, and ask him if there wasn't something- anything- that gave him pleasure in his life. Such a crotchety old boy!
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is having good health and a short memory.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Pruning. I love to prune anything and everything, from hedges to palms trees to vines.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Selling my old 1964 red V.W. bug.