Where did you live at age five? Is it the same place or town you live now?
I lived in a very old house in Queens, New York, when I was five. It was, as it this house, surrounded by oak trees. It had, as does this house (after remodeling) a big picture window in the front. Maybe I have — in some sense — gone home again.
I lived there until I left for college. I never went back, except to visit. The house in which I now live, reminds me very much of the house in which I grew up, but it is in New England … quite far from my original home. I don’t even know anyone who lives in New York city any more. We have all moved somewhere else.
You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
These days, I don’t feel safe going places alone. I’m a bit fragile and I get fearful when I have no one to call for help. So the answer is these day, no. But I would have gone by myself in the past — without a second thought.
Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
I grew up in New York city, but the neighborhood was very much like a small town. The city had grown around it, leaving it’s semi rural nature intact.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. I wanted to be a writer when I was studying to be a musician. There was never really a choice for me. I was born to be a writer.