What keeps you awake at night?
Everything that can wait until tomorrow.
When were you happiest?
When I realized that a congenial monotony is the best anyone can hope for. I'm not sure how old I was or what I was doing — perhaps I was 13 and hiking up Mount Egmont with a heavy load on a beautiful day.
If you would get a free first-class air ticket, where would you fly to?
My youth, and I'd like my seven brothers and sisters to fly there with me.
Do you cross the street at a red light?
Pedestrian controls are for children and blind people. When I walk anywhere I am a private legislator.
Where did you spend your last vacation?
Outside Munich, at my favorite hotel in the world, Schloss Elmau, trying to convince the owners — unsuccessfully — that the place would rather benefit from a full-time writer in residence.
What is the most beautiful text message you've ever received?
"I love you. And can you pick up a pint of milk on the wat home xxxxx"
What's the worst question ever in an interview?
"Who are you?" ...