One of your books is called Men And Style. Can you tell me a bit about it?
It was my first book. It came out when I was about 40 years old, [when] I was thinking about my friends who were starting to become fathers, and I was thinking about my own father, the lessons I learned from him. I started to see him differently as I got older, and to see him in a more sympathetic way, kind of on his own terms – not just as my dad, but as a man. I saw how being a dad changed my friends, so I was really thinking about how we arrive at our point of view, which I think really starts to happen in your late 30s. So I asked a group of men living in New York, most of them working creatively, what they learned from their fathers – any kind of rules they had, or things they inherited from him, maybe even fights they had. [I was interested in] how these men arrived at their point of view, what phases they had, what mistakes they made and, I suppose, how they became who they are today because of all that.
Another big part of your personal and professional life is fly-fishing. How does that work for someone living in Manhattan?
I’ve lived in New York now for about 25 years and to survive here, at least for me at this point in my life, I travel a lot, as I think it’s important to get outside the city. I fish a lot in the Catskills upstate, but anywhere will do for me, really. I was just in Argentina for quite a number of weeks fishing, and that’s like the antidote to city life. Even the cultural life here, I think, is to be outside in the most basic sense. If you’re fishing for trout, especially, you’re in a beautiful place, so you already have a lot covered. I like the act of fishing, but also being in Patagonia, for example. I mean, it’s quite a thing to wake up in Argentina, to the culture and the guides and the complete experience – the food you’re eating and the wine you’re drinking, and then the fishing on top of that, which is terrific.