Where are you from?
I was born in China, spent my very early years in San Francisco, and have basically lived in Cambridge, Mass., since entering Harvard College at age 16.
Who are your favorite writers?
Fiction, Poetry, Playwrights: Bill Bryson, Augusten Burroughs, Billy Collins, E E Cummings, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bob Dylan, Jonathan Franzen, James Joyce, Ian McEwan, Alice Munro, Vladimir Nabokov, David Sedaris, William Shakespeare, Wyslawa Szymborska, Dylan Thomas, John Updike, others who don’t occur to me at the moment.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Drawing, painting (pastels), reading, walking, daydreaming
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Don’t give up.
What is your favorite quote?
“The moving finger writes, and, having writ, moves on. Nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wipe out a word of it.” Omar Khayam, The Rubayat
What inspired you to write your first book?
The need to pull constitutional law together for my students so they, and I, could make sense of it.
Where do you write?
Mostly in my study at home.