For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
An early one-starred Amazon review said that I focused far too much on the “smallest and most mundane” things. True. Though for some readers, this is a pleasurable experience. Like the log flume. Some people line up for it. Others it makes vomit.
What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers’ lives for the better?
The first season of Mad Men on Netflix, a catalogue of cheap(er) art called Blind Spot, The Virgins album, the Deer Tick album, 2666, Toni Morrison interviewing Fran Leibowitz at The Director’s Guild (someone asked Leibowitz what she had against marriage and she said “marriage is just someone else having the keys to your apartment. Except they call it their apartment”), the desserts at Allen & Delancey, disgusting-sounding veggie duck pad thai from a thai restaurant called, aptly, “Thailand,” button down shirts from Rag & Bone, this.
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)?
Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
No, I’ve never been a starving artist. But I’ve also always had a second career so I’ve never been a rich artist either.
What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
Sitting on the subway and watching a stranger laugh at or enjoy something I wrote, having no idea that I’m sitting across from them.
Have you ever written anything that you’d like to take back?
Yes. But only because I think I could have written it better.