What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Stick with school and then join the Peace Corp. Learn another language.
When was the last time you cried from laughing?
Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.” I was in the theater laughing like a hyena.
If you could pick any two celebrities to be your parents, who would they be?
Laurence Olivier for my father. My mother was a very unusual person, so I would say my mother.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
Sherlock Holmes. I love Sherlock Holmes.
If you could travel to any- where in the world, where would you go?
Well, I’ve been to 50 countries. A country that I have not been to is Bali. I would like to go to Bali, but there are many other places I would love to go to.
In the news story of your life, what would the headline say?
“Still trying to attain peace.” I have met most of my goals and been very lucky. I’ve had a very lucky life.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a psychiatrist when I was 10 years old. When I was a kid I read all these books and I ultimately became a psy- chologist.
If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be?
Noam Chomsky. He is a very talented guy. He is a political scientist. Charles Dickens would also be quite fascinating.
What would your last meal be?
Curry. Indian cuisine. My wife and I do a lot of restaurant hopping. It is one of the things that keeps our marriage togeth- er, that we both love food.
What one song best describes you?
Joni Mitchell’s lyrics I like very much. “Big Yellow Taxi.” In many ways it optimizes my attitude towards most of our society.