My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. You don't have to love reading everything, just something
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Writing until three, then spending the rest of the afternoon surfing with my kids
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. On the Fugee's "The Score," at this moment
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Those who keep trying
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
December 22, 2008Young people often ask who inspired you to become a writer, or influenced you early in your so-called career. You are always reluctant to tell them that Bob Dylan was a tremendous influence (not just on you, but on much of your generation, as well as on several generations to follow). Your reluctance stems from the feeling that the Bob Dylan young people think of today is not the same person you’re referring to.
Your memory of the 1960s is a bit hazy (as per the old nugget, “If you remember it, you weren’t there.”) But somewhere around 1967 you discovered Bob Dylan’s album, Blonde on Blonde, which had... see more