A. Writing and teaching
A. South High, in Torrance, CA; Stanford University
A. Nick Bicati, Elba Ramalho
A. A Brief Vacation, by Vittorio De Sica
A. Luck comes from discipline kindness and hard work
A. Be bold, and mighty forces shall come to your aid
A. Perfect happiness is flipping channels (metaphorically speaking) and landing on your favorite show (metaphorically speaking).
A. I don't like letting people down
A. Sao Paulo, Brazil
A. Shakespeare's audience
A. Barack Obama
A. "Oh, wow." "Huh." "Okay."
A. I don't really believe in regrets
A. So far, I'd say writing This Burns My Heart
A. Pip, in Great Expectations
A. Madame Merle, In Portrait of a Lady
A. It would be Nellie Bly, the pioneer journalist.
A. Generosity, loyalty, and respect
A. Michael Cunningham, Curtis Sittenfeld, Ann Patchett, Nami Mun, Sarah Waters, Zadie Smith
A. Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen; Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens; The Night Watch, by Sarah Waters; The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
A. Pride and Prejudice
A. Be persistent and never stop trying
A. This made me stay up at night!