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I still love this town. I can't imagine living anywhere else. We've been here now, my wife and I, for 10 years. I realized the other day that I've lived in New York longer than I've lived anywhere else. It's amazing: I am a New Yorker. It's strange; I never thought I would be.

You always seemed rootless, a citizen of the world.
I kind of thought I was. But, frankly, that changed when I met Iman. We got nesting!

Can you describe how your life has changed in recent years?
What's my day like? Don't you dare say, "David, what makes you tick?" [Laughs] That's the one I'm not going for. Any interview--not mine, but any one I'm reading--I can't wait for that question to come. I love it. It's such a funny question: "But, Jack, what makes you tick?"

Well, one thing that's different is I don't have that sense of loneliness that I had before, which was very, very strong. It became a subtext for a lot of things I wrote.

What do you see yourself doing in the next few years?
My priority is that I've stabilized my life to an extent now over these past 10 years. I'm very at ease, and I like it. I never thought I would be such a family-oriented guy; I didn't think that was part of my makeup. But somebody said that as you get older you become the person you always should have been, and I feel that's happening to me. I'm rather surprised at who I am, because I'm actually like my dad! [Laughs]

That's the shock: All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God--so do I buy that one? If all the other clichés are true... Hell, don't pose me that one.

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