What do you do on your days off?
When I’m not jetting off to distribute AIDS drugs to the poor in Africa, or hearing the Pope’s weekly confession at the Vatican, I listen to music or read or watch too much TV; but mostly I listen to music or read or watch too much TV.

Tell us something unexpected about yourself.
My mother wanted me to be an artist. She thought I could draw better than I could write.

If someone made a movie of your life, who would you want to play you?

Aside from playing myself for a hefty salary, Jon Stewart.

If you could trade places with anyone in Rhode Island, who would it be?

John Howell, although I doubt he and Carol would trade my apartment for their house.

What made you want to become a writer?

I’m too lazy for real work, gambling was too risky and begging was too slow.