For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what's the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
"Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper."
What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers' lives for the better?
I just read a truly excellent book called The Big Necessity that's about sewage and toilets, of all things, and it's guaranteed at least to change the way you dispense of Q-Tips (you really shouldn't flush them down the toilet).
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)?
George Bush: All the Things I Actually Feel Terrible About.
I have a strange, masochistic fascination with books about the Bush administration.
Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
Every day at about 3pm I become a starving artist, and then by 3:30 I become an artist who regrets eating three bowls of Special K Chocolatey Delight.
What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
My fourth-grade teacher wrote me a very nice note after he read my book. That was pretty ideal.
Have you ever written anything that you'd like to take back?
I once wrote a fairly mortifying fan letter to Kurt Vonnegut, but I take solace in the likelihood that a publishing intern used it to mop up a coffee spill long before it came near him.