1) Do you like your books to stay just like new or a little worn?
I used to keep them immaculate, but then I read Mortimer Adler. Now my books look very well lived in, dog-earred and marginalia-ed.
2) Any memorable books from when you were young?
My first memory that turned me into a decided “book person” was reading Harpo Marx’s autobiography. That lead to reading, at an absurdly young age, Alexander Woollcott, George Bernard Shaw, Somerset Maugham, Dorothy Parker, and so forth, all which lead to reading other luminaries.
3) Are you a fan of classics, or more modern works?
I’ve read some great contemporary works, but for the most part I feel the ticking of the clock and do not wish the neglect the established greats. So as to not be the martyred slave of time, I stick mainly to the classics.
4) Read reviews or wing it?
I write the reviews.
5) Preferred time to read?
At all times I would prefer to be reading. Most of my reading goes on in the evenings, weekends, and lunch hours before my afternoon constitutional.
6) How many books are by your bed right now?
None on my side. Near my bed are three at the moment. Teddy Roosevelt’s autobiography, A Christmas Carol which I am reading aloud to my wife before bed, and The Handbook of Poetic Forms.
7) Book that disappointed you the most?
This question invariably gets me into trouble because the ones that spring to mind are contemporary and seem to be well beloved, especially on Tumblr. So I plead the Fifth.
8) Do you enjoy eating or drinking anything while reading?
I’ll read over coffee or tea in the morning. I might read with a glass of wine at night.
9) Bookmarks, dog ear, or whatever scrap of paper (or other item) that is around?
Some sort of bookmark as a place-setter. Often old theater tickets.
10) Favorite place to get books?
Bookfinder.com or Book Depository, I suppose. I think my favorite imprint is Oxford World Classics. They are consistently beautiful with excellent footnotes/supplementary material. Sometimes Friends of the Library sales, but I don’t have a lot of patience with pot luck bookshopping as I am usually looking for something specific.