A. Bartender, kitchen help, driver, campus security.
Q. Favorite job
A. Magazine editor.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Islip [N.Y.] High School; Williams College
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Bob Dylan
Q. Favorite movie
A. "The Missouri Breaks"
Q. Favorite television show
A. "Twin Peaks"
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Old World meets New and they dance together
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Don't forget to breathe.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A sunny, cool morning with a pot of black tea and the daily newspapers.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Running out of time.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. New York City
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Arthur Koestler
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Bob Dylan
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. In any case
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Wasted time
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Recovering from grievous loss of loved ones
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Obsessive-impulsive disorder
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Bob Dylan
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My informality and utter lack of self-regard
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. The lack of subject-object pronoun agreement in contemporary American English.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Singing and playing guitar.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Touring rock musician.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Humility; honesty; intelligence
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Kasha varnishkes.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "Idiot Wind" by Bob Dylan. "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen. "Mystery Train." "Better Things" by The Kinks. "People Have the Power" by Patti Smith
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Martin Amis. Zadie Smith. Ian McEwan. Mark Helprin. Philip Roth. Adin Steinsaltz. Aryeh Kaplan. Abraham Joshua Heschel. Franz Kafka. Dostoevsky. Joseph Conrad. Richard Ford. Jerzy Kosinski. Richard Price. Michael Chabon. Jonathan Lethem.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
London Fields by Martin Amis.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Banish the term "writer's block" from your vocabulary.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Something about how deceptively simple is my prose.
A. After many years of listening to Bob Dylan and then studying Torah, I realized that the two were interconnected, and I was the one uniquely qualified to explore and elaborate upon these connections. This was the book I was meant to write.