If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Remove the ‘asshole’ component from our genetic material.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
An archangel. It would be lovely to have wings and have God himself whisper in your ear.
What is your most treasured possession?
My loved ones.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
Where I do now, splitting my time between Montana and San Francisco.
What is your favorite occupation?
Formula One race car driver: driving cars unbelievably fast in the morning, then chasing temptresses across continents in the evening. Sounds wonderful.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What do you most value in your friends?
The ability to carry on an interesting and honest conversation.
Who are your favorite writers?
Don Winslow, Jack Vance, Iain M. Banks, Stephen King, Alistair Maclean, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, and E.M. Cioran. Oh, and mustn’t forget Lewis Sperry Chafer. As you can tell, I favor the so-called hacks. However, I’ve always loved e.e. cummings, too.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli in The Wind and the Lion.
Who are your heroes in real life?
King David, Elijah and the Apostle John.
What is it that you most dislike?
Emotional abuse of other human beings.
How would you like to die?
If possible, I’d prefer to skip that phase. Riding up to heaven in a fiery chariot a la Elijah sounds much more fun.
What is your motto?
Fuck that shit.