Where are you from?
New York. I don't like to leave Manhattan island if I can help it.
Who are your favorite writers?
Let me stipulate that I am in no way comparing myself to these people, but: Woody Allen, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Tom Wolfe, Philip K. Dick.
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Late Shift by Bill Carter and The Devil’s Candy by Julie Salamon were the books that inspired me to pursue a career in journalism. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning by Jonathan Mahler was of particular literary and spiritual guidance as I wrote this book.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Going to the movies; watching serialized TV; attending the theater; playing video games; reading comic books.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“Just keep writing.”—Don DeLillo
What is your favorite quote?
“You can’t ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write ‘Fuck you’ right under your nose.”—J. D. Salinger
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
“What was Bill Murray really like?” He was awesome.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Working in the salt mines of the men’s magazine industry for three years.
Where do you write?
In the office of my apartment, underneath a framed “For Your Consideration” advertisement promoting Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for Network.