What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Cat in the Hat. I remember sitting in the backseat of my mom’s Studebaker outside of the library and paging through.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Oblivion – a set of stories by David Foster Wallace – and a bunch of poetry journals we recently won in a raffle at a reading.
Why did you choose that book?
I’ve read the majority of DFW’s work. I have to be in the mood to put my mind through a blender, but there aren’t too many who can pull it off quite like him, outside of Joyce and Pynchon. Reading him is a somewhat masochistic pursuit, I admit. And I didn’t choose the poetry volumes — they chose us, as it were.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Kurt Vonnegut. We’d spend an afternoon paddling around a lazy lake, pretending to fish. We’d talk about the planet Tralfalmadore.
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Slaughterhouse Five, Ulysses, Gravity’s Rainbow, Moby Dick, The Illiad.
I’m a Brooklyn-based author of two novels, the just-released Tellers, a unique novel/anthology hybrid, and Ebocloud, a near-future thriller about a utopian social networking movement. I run an online business forum for a living and do a lot of business writing and editing, although my background is in fine art and design (confusing, I know). You can learn about Tellers here.