My first question: On the show you said "most of the stuff in the book never happened, although most of the people in the book exist. So, it's fictional things that happen to non-fictional people."And, somewhat dramatically, you told us that one of the women who recognized herself while reading draft of the book told you "this book will ruin your life." Now that the book has been out for almost one month, can you say whether or not she was right? Has the book ruined your life?
Second question: You identify yourself with a character in the book who is a socialist. To the extent that you would identify yourself as such in life, what is it like to be a socialist, and an intellectual, living in New York in what the New York Times – has christened “The New Gilded Age?”