A VERY BRIEF BIO
I was born in Chicago, raised in Highland Park, Illinois, educated in public schools, then Brown and Harvard. I have sired two daughters, Lucy and Isabel (see at left). I have two brothers and a sister. I’m of Polish descent on my father’s side, Lithuanian on my mother’s. At different times I’ve been a book editor (Workman Publishing, ESPN Books), a writing teacher (Harvard, The Business of Sports High School in NYC), a television news producer (CBS, PBS) and a chef at a hippie restaurant. Some of my favorite foods are salmon caviar, clams, and watermelon.
I started by writing poetry as a teenager. At Harvard, where I studied poetry with Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, I won the American Academy of Poets Prize at Harvard in 1971. Ironically, by then I had already renounced poetry for prose. I’ve never really wanted to be anything other than a writer, except an electric guitarist or a nightclub singer, two paths blocked by my singular lack of musical talent and painfully mediocre, though enthusiastic, singing voice. My hobbies are watercoloring and cloning.