WHICH BOOK SPARKED YOUR LOVE OF READING?
As a child, I was not a reader—I came to it late. The first book that I remember being blown away by was “Lonesome Dove”—a true page-turner by Larry McMurtry.
WHICH WRITERS -- NOVELISTS, PLAYWRIGHTS, CRITICS, JOURNALISTS, POETS -- WORKING TODAY DO YOU ADMIRE MOST?
Graham Swift, Julian Barnes, John Banville, Howard, Jacobson, James Wood, William Deresiewicz, Wendy Lesser.
FAVORITE BOOK NO ONE ELSE HAS HEARD OF?
"Annals of the Former World" by John McPhee
DO YOU HAVE ANY COMFORT READS?
I listen to mysteries and thrillers while driving.
Fiction and criticism
WHAT'S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
"How to Do Nothing" by Jenny Odell, "Bay of Noon" by Shirley Hazzard, "The Glass Hotl" by Emily St. John Mandel, "Summer" by Ali Smith.
FAVORITE GENRES AND BOOKS?
Since then I have read current novels, classics that I missed out on because I was a science not a liberal arts major, and the other good stuff that came out along the way. My all-time favorites are “Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James and “The Human Stain” by Philip Roth. I will also read a good non-fiction book, usually science related. Most recently, I enjoyed “Swerve” by Stephen Greenblatt, “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari, “ The Greatest Quake”, and “Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself" by Mark Eptstein. I like criticism, and think Harold Bloom is a god!