My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. remember to breathe
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. The Dalai Lama because, well, you know.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Dancing like leaves in the wind
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Impatience with stupid people
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Nothing. It was all necessary.
November 20, 2008Two questions have been asked about my novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief. First: Isn’t your book, like most novels, just a thinly veiled autobiography?
Since The Book of Unholy Mischief is about a chef’s apprentice in Renaissance Venice I naturally reply, “How the heck did you know?” My father is an Italian chef. Beyond that, well, that’s why we call it fiction.
The second question is: Why did you set the story in Venice?
Mysterious, romantic Venice possesses a certain ramshackle opulence. But the thing that made Venice perfect for this story is that... see more