Where I went to school: University of Southern California, Universita per Stranieri di Perugia, and DePaul University.
Where I live: Portland, Oregon.
Some of the newspapers and magazines that have published my work: The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, The Times-Picayune, Tennis, The Faster Times.
My favorite novel about 20th-century America: All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren.
My favorite nonfiction book about 20th-century America: Boss, by Mike Royko.
Some of my favorite American writers whose best work still might be ahead of them: Richard Russo, Nicole Krauss, Mark Kriegel, Laura Hillenbrand.
The best writer I know personally: My wife.
TV series I can watch over and over: The Sopranos, Freaks and Geeks, The Bob Newhart Show.
Pet peeve: That the house where I grew up hasn't been turned into a museum in my honor.