I enjoy learning because it offers me the opportunity to bridge the gap between two seemingly different things. My openness to unanticipated connections keeps me from falling into a creative rut, so you always get a fresh perspective. 

I enjoy writing because it helps me process the messy, the joyous, the tragic, the fear, the strange, the ordinary, the unique, and the routine. As long as we have trouble telling others how we feel, we’ll need writers. 

I have a fat chance of appearing on Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton, but I always wanted to answer the proust questionnaire he asks guests at the end of the show.

here'S WHAT I'D SAY: 


What is your favorite word? 

Supercilious. It sounds like you’re saying super-silly-us.

What is your least favorite word? 

Antiderivative. That sounds so ugly. Just say integral. 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? 

People clever with words or who show an obvious enjoyment of language—like playwright Tom Stoppard.

What turns you off? 


What is your favorite curse word? 

Shit. Full of shit. Bullshit. I don’t give a shit. 

What sound or noise do you love? 

New York City subways. It drives a lot of people nuts and it can damage your hearing, but I love it.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt? 

Researcher at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

What profession would you not like to do? 

Financial adviser. 

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? 

I bet you’re surprised to see me.