Interview with Andrew Vachss * Author & Attorney

SM: If you were to illustrate a river with a secret in it, what would you be sure to include in the drawing?

AV: A current.

SM: If you woke up tomorrow and found that you had been transformed into a tree, who would you prefer to sit in your shade?

AV: Depends on what kind of tree.

SM: Please recommend a good line to begin a detective novel with.

AV: You’re kidding me, right?

SM: When was the last time you were drawn to an unfamiliar building?

AV: Yesterday.

SM: Please describe an impressionable moment from adolescence.

AV: No.

SM: If you we scheduled you to lecture to a packed auditorium of everyone you will ever meet in your life, what topic would you choose to lecture on?

AV: I only have one song to sing; it’s not audience-dependent.

SM: What are you willing to make other people wait for?

AV: I don’t do generics. “Other people” could mean anyone from my brothers and sisters to mortal enemies.

SM: What do you think strangers see when they meet you for the first time?

AV: Depends on their individual filters, refractors, and biases. And what they want from me.

SM: What do you consider to be the funniest thing you know?

AV: How incredibly droll, witty, amusing, and clever some people think they are.

SM: Please compose a brief poem or haiku on the subject of your choosing.


Children know the truth
Love is not an emotion
Love is behavior