Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
43, writer, drawer. I'm a formerly young Manhattanite. Formerly young, that is, but enduringly of Manhattan. I arrived when I was three weeks shy of my 13th birthday. I was on a ship that had embarked from Genoa. My original port of call: Haifa, Israel. I was born in London, spent my prepubescent years in Lahore, Pakistan, Pittsburgh, PA, and Canberra, Australia. I now live a block from Washington Square Park.
Three for Thee
1. Is the New York art/publishing world, in your opinion, an impenetrable force or an imperturbable farce?
I have been very modestly successful in penetrating the Publishing world and have experienced a fair dosage of the perturbed and farcical since. However, I fear that I might catch something awful if I tried sticking it into the Art World. So I guess I'll pick Curtain #3 an insouciant fart.
PS. I have never seen 'imperturbable' spelled out before. Such a gaseous word.
2. How much better and clearer would the public understand court proceedings if all renderings of said proceedings were as involved and beautiful as yours?
I would like to cover the Bush State of the Union speech next. Well, maybe, his impeachment proceedings.
3. Would you be so kind as to draw a picture of what you imagine this interviewer to look like?
"Chris" The Interviewer
Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
The New York of Five Points and child gangs and whoring and opium and the grand old Bowery and 14th Street.
The New York of the Stork Club and the heyday of 52nd Street and wherever that club was to which Fred Astaire took Ginger Rogers.
The Greenwich Village of the early 1950s before beatniks were replaced by tourists.
SoHo in the 1960s when it was still Italian.
The East Village in the 1970s.
9pm, Wednesday night - what are you doing?
Filling out questionnaires from the Gothamist.
What's your New York motto?
Love it or leave it.
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
A hot June morning. The #9 train rolls into the Christopher Street station and over my wife who had just slipped onto the tracks. Three cars pass over her, crushing her spinal cord. Two months later, when Patti gets out of the hospital, we rent a car and spend the day driving through Westchester, looking for a hole to hide in. We assume the city will be too much for us to handle. Too fast, too crazy, too self absorbed. But after cruising past dozens of huge, manicured homes, we look at each other and say, "let's get the hell back home." The suburbs feel so remote and silent, we know we'll never survive here. Instead we discover that New York is just about the best place for a person in a wheelchair. Everything's right around the corner, cabs are accessible and drivers are helpful, buses are lumbering but accommodating, strangers love to lend a hand. The only thing out of reach, ironically, is the subway.
Just after midnight on a Saturday - what are you doing?
Filling out questionnaires from the Gothamist
What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
The bullet hole in my Armani.
Medication: What and how much do you take?
Take a look inside
Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
Steve McQueen's in Love with a Proper Stranger
If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
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