The columnist sits down with the New York Times.
From the piece...
When and where do you like to read?
I like to read at the beach, but the beach always turns out to be too relaxing, and I fall asleep after two pages. So I wind up doing most of my actual reading at night in bed, where I sometimes get through as many as three pages before I fall asleep.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Benchley and P. G. Wodehouse. Also (it goes without saying) Proust.
What’s your preferred literary genre? Any guilty pleasures?
I like nonfiction, mostly history. My guilty pleasure is tough-guy-loner action novels, like the Jack Reacher series, where the protagonist is an outwardly rugged but inwardly sensitive and thoughtful guy who, through no fault of his own, keeps having to beat the crap out of people.