What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being ‘up to’ an important task. Knowing I have failed at something that could have helped others.
Where would you like to live?
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
debt free, good people to talk to and go on walks with, able to write, read, and think.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
I’m always sympathetic to people who try to take on more than they can handle. I understand the impulse, and think it’s noble (even if it’s shortsighted). It’s far superior to waiting around for a hero to deliver you.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Josephine Baker, Vladmir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Christopher Hitchens
Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?
Your favorite painter?
Vincent Van Gogh
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
A deep respect for me, and an appreciation for my sense of humor and many charms.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Your least favorite virtue, or the one you think is most overrated?
Respect for authority
Your proudest achievement?
Whatever role I have played in raising my children (who are some of the most interesting and basically good children I have ever met).
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
Myself. Because if I was someone else, I would have liked to be someone else still. Better to stop this violent cycle before it starts.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
Periodic existential despair.
What to your mind would be the greatest misfortune?
Causing some irreparable harm to my wife or children.
What would you like to be?
Effective at everything I do. Barring that, I would settle for being happy.
What is your favorite color?
I always say black, but I really think it’s yellow. Bright colors cheer me up.
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
What word or expression do you most overuse?
Who are your favorite poets?
Charles Simic, Guilliame Appollinaire.
What are your favorite names?
Langston, Jack, Spencer, Abby.
What is it you most dislike?
People who ‘tell it like it is’. I like honesty, but people who claim this as a trait are usually stupid, arrogant, vulgar, and cruel. And often wrong.
Which historical figures do you most despise?
Woodrow Wilson, Joseph Stalin
Which contemporary figures do you most despise?
Sarah Palin, Mahmoud Ahmadinijad
Which events in military history do you most admire?
Harpers fairy, October Revolution.
Which natural gift would you most like to possess?
The patience to learn a musical instrument.
How would you like to die?
At an old age, in a comfortable bed, with a clear conscience, surrounded by my wife and children, and my brother and sister.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I’m about 50 pounds heavier than I care to be, and way low on muscle mass.
What is your motto?
‘Life is a great balancing act’-Dr. Seuss.