your idea of perfect happiness?
When the coffee kicks in early in the morning and I’m on the couch with my dogs, reading the paper.
your greatest fear?
My belief that saying it makes it happen.
living person do you most admire?
The Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, who is 100 years old and still working.
your greatest extravagance?
you consider the most overrated virtue?
occasion do you lie?
When people ask, “How are you?” The real answer I save for my therapist.
you dislike most about your appearance?
That it is only skin-deep.
living person do you most despise?
the quality you most like in a man?
the quality you most like in a woman?
words or phrases do you most overuse?
“How was yours?”
who is the greatest love of your life?
My family, which keeps growing.
where were you happiest?
The moment I knew I would spend my life with Lisa.
talent would you most like to have?
To play good jazz piano.
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to read faster.
you consider your greatest achievement?
Knowing how much I don’t know.
your most treasured possession?
you most value in your friends?
you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
your favorite occupation?
your most marked characteristic?
Unpredictability. However, those who know me find me very predictable.
your favorite writers?
your favorite hero of fiction?
historical figure do you most identify with?
Columbus—if it’s true that he knew where he was going, got lost, and found a place that was better.
your heroes in real life?
Those who overcome adversity.
your greatest regret?
Waiting too long to do those things that I’m finally hoping to do now.
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” —Oscar Wilde