Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not starting to write books at an earlier age.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Starting to write historical biography at the age of forty
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Impatience and the inability to suffer fools gladly.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "There's a Small Hotel," "I Get a Kick Out of You," the men's duet from "The Pearl Fishers," any of the songs from Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" or "The Youth's Magic Horn"