On acknowledging the role of luck:
Anyone who has any kind of audience and doesn’t acknowledge luck is deluding themselves. Of course we make moves that put us in the right place at the right time, but to not acknowledge luck just seems to me a great disservice to everyone.
On my books as bathroom reads:
“When someone tells me that they keep my books on the back of the commode, that is a great compliment to me, actually—because that’s where people read.”
On having parents like Milton Glaser’s:
“I had a mother who told me I could do anything, and a father who said, ‘Prove it.’” That’s the best school there was.”
On finishing a project:
“The great pain of creative work is that once the thing is done, it’s dead to you. I mean, execution is literally like an execution.”
Because I believe in credit where credit is due, there’s one little thing I want to clear up. There’s a really fun surprise at a certain point in the conversation, a moment so good that I hate to ruin it. Though I’ve been a fan of Debbie’s work for a long time, it was actually Mary Doria Russell’s 1999 commencement speech at Laurel School that inspired my wife.