How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or several simultaneously? Morning or night?
I like to read paper books. I have tried reading on electronic devices but I need to feel the pages. I am always reading at least two books, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. Until I got fired, I read only on long flights because there was too much work stuff to read at home. Now that I’m underemployed, I read mostly at night, but sometimes during the day. Never in the morning. Wrong chronotype.
What books did you look to as inspiration or models while you were writing your own?
Honestly none, because I was trying to do something unusual — write a book that was neither a pure leadership book nor a pure memoir. I wanted it to be a story-driven book that teaches in a subtle way. We’ll see if it worked.
If somebody walked into your office while you were writing, what would they see?
I’m in an armchair with the laptop on my actual lap but atop one of those “read-in-bed” boards to make a better angle for typing. Our loyal, and old, rescue-dog, Benji, is asleep somewhere near my chair. I’m listening to classical music.
If you had to recommend one book to a student of government, what would it be?
“The Terror Presidency,” by Jack Goldsmith.
Whom would you want to write your life story?
Benjamin Weiser of The New York Times is the most careful and thoughtful journalist I have known and I loved his biography of the Polish defector Ryszard Kuklinski — “A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country.”
What do you plan to read next?
“Trust,” by Francis Fukuyama, about how bonds within a society are made and broken. I started it last year and it has become only more relevant so I need to get back to it.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/books/review/james-b-comey-by-the-book.html