Describe your latest book.
Dear Old Love is a book of short, anonymous notes to old loves. Most are funny, some are sad. It began as a blog.
How do you relax?
Wandering through department stores in a daze.
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
I've been meaning to go to The Primeburger luncheonette on 51st Street in New York because it's so appealingly described in The Finder by Colin Harrison.
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
"Mizuno" is such a cool word.
What is your astrological sign? If you don't like what you were born with, to what sign would you change and why?
Scorpio. Not proud to the point of displaying it on a keychain, but too proud to even imagine changing.
What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Late to bed, late to rise.
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Cats. Interesting how one's animal preference seems as essential as sexual orientation.
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
How about just a question: Where were you when "Where were you when X historic event happened?" officially became a cliche?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Five Humor/Pop-Culture Books I Like That Are Not in Print:
The World According to Beaver by Irwyn Applebaum: Episode guides before they were cool.
The Field Guide to North American Males by Marjorie Ingall: Hilarious, right-on insights.
What's Right with America by Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil: Examples: #67:"Adult" as a synonym for "dirty." #394: Undisputed world leader in "child-proofing."
The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach, et al.: Nearly every other book or movie set in a WASP milieu is in this book's shadow.
Joystick Nation by J. C. Herz: Wise thoughts on Ms. Pacman.