When my first book came out I said that it had nothing to do with me. The character was not me. The situation was not mine. The story was in no way autobiographical. Everyone asks that. How much of it is you? Fellini died yesterday, and NPR did a story about him. They said that Fellini’s films were always about him, about his dreams, his childhood, his fears, lovers, obsessions. I am easily influenced. I thought, of course what we write or imagine is always about ourselves. How can it not be? I guess what I should have said, instead, was so what?