For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
"This small, extraordinary book has more to say about life, disappointment, New York, Tibet, India, the holy, and the profane, than most other books could say in ten times as many pages. Oliver Broudy's astounding, funny, harrowing, and finally quite sad experience with a millionaire philanthropist and arch eccentric—a man as saintly as he is demonic—is conveyed in prose as startling as cold water. This is a book I deeply envy, a book I will read again—probably immediately."
Tom Bissell (author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter)
What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers' lives for the better?
The American, with George Clooney, whose honest evocation of the lonely, fearful life of an assassin will make you deeply thankful for the relatively less dramatic life you lead. Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot, whose talent will strike you like thunder, and remind you, perhaps painfully, just how far most books are from being true classics. Dire Straits, whose muttery sound only grows more awesome and distinct with age. Crepes: a rice/noodle alternative food delivery mechanism—easy to make, stuff them with anything.
Whose ghostwritten celebrity tell-all (or novel) would you sprint to the store to buy (along with a copy of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius so that the checkout clerk doesn’t look at you screwy)?
Hang on—did you say there's a new Marcus Aurelius book out? brb
Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
Nothing has ever made me any more brilliant or stupid than I was already. The only thing I've ever learned is persistence.
What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
I leave words at a specified location; you sneak by and retrieve them when no one is looking.
Have you ever written anything that you'd like to take back?
Scores of rashly written email pitches that can only have convinced the magazine editors who received them that I must be one of those damn fools who expect other people to do my job for them.