Douglas Kennedy on Morocco and ‘The Blue Hour'
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Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Is there such a thing? Happiness, for me, is a moment here-and-there when everything that crowds your life drops away and you are simply aware of the pleasure of the moment.
Or perhaps it's walking Popham Beach near my house in Maine - and the most beautiful beach in New England - with
my two very wonderful children, Max and Amelia, on a winter's day when we had the entire three miles of sand to ourselves, and nothing really mattered except that we were all together on this extraordinary stretch of the Maine Coast.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Quotidian" and a French expression: 'On verra'... which means "We'll see". Which kind of sums up my world-view.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", "Someone to Watch Over Me". "Summertime", "Finishing the Hat" (from Sondheim's 'Sunday in the Park with George"), "With a Little Help From My Friends", "Now You Know" (from Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along")
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. I would drink good French wine.