Vice President & Creative Director
One of my earliest memories involves Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat. I was three or four. I loved all of Dr. Seuss’s books as a kid, and love all of them now. When I was twelve, I discovered Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint in my parent’s library. The shared last name of the author caught my attention, and the content of the book kept it. And though it may not be my all-time favorite book, sneak-reading such illicit content made for a most memorable and educational reading experience. I reread it as an adult and loved the book for a hundred other reasons.
Interesting fact about yourself that people wouldn’t expect?
I’m a six foot tall supermodel genius.
Favorite place in the world and why?
Around any table, anywhere in the world, enjoying a great meal and great conversation with a small group of great people. And then my second favorite place would be at home alone, recuperating from the above socializing… a typical introvert characteristic.
Who would you invite—dead or alive—to your fantasy dinner party?
Well, I’d need a very large dinner table and comfy chairs: Jimi Hendrix, Fran Lebowitz, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gordon Parks, Howard and Beth Stern, Cornel West, Abraham Lincoln, Bill and Hillary, Coach John Wooden, Mark Twain, Chris Rock, Barack and Michelle, my dad.
What’s the one thing you love now as much as you did when you were 14?
It’s a tie between 60s and 70s R&B/soul music, and peanut butter. Everyone who knows me, knows this to be true. I’ve always said that if I had to tattoo something permanently on my body, it would have to be a peanut butter jar, but play some great Motown or early 70s Philly Soul, and peanut butter becomes a memory.
What is your most unappealing habit?
The compulsion to get to the bottom-line truth of everything and everyone, and calling a spade a spade—a worthwhile habit (and skill) when the timing and intention are right, and everyone’s on board. Otherwise…