Robert Birnbaum has interviewed 1267 writers and creators and read 2648 books. He umpires Little League in his western suburban Boston town. He also spreads joy and glad tidings wherever he goes at an array of journalistic byways — Our Man in Boston, VQR Online, The Daily Beast , The Millions, The LA Review of Books — and a treasure trove of his stuff can be found at The Morning News and Identitytheory.com. The books that have influenced him the most are V by Thomas Pynchon, Eduardo Galeano's Memories of Fire, The People's History by Howard Zinn, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Crystal Zevon's oral biography, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon. He lives with his black dog Beny.