Tom Hardy here.

So why this TG Hardy business? Am I trying to hide my gender? Well, no, I'm not. It's just that there's a young actor named Tom Hardy who'll saturate the media for my lifetime. So, keep close track of TG Hardy, if you're so inclined, but please introduce me to your book club as Tom.

I was born in the United States but spent enough of my adult life traveling and living overseas to have experienced the gnawing discomfort, sometimes acute, of being an outsider - enough so that I try to behave like a so-called world citizen. And though I was born and currently live in the Rocky Mountain West, I worked in Midtown Manhattan for fifteen years, and actually lived in the city the last five. I enjoyed it while we were there, and cherish the memories, but the thought of relocating back isn't in play. Still, I fancy myself a mash-up of aw-shucks Jimmy Stewart, with George Plimpton, the playfully sophisticated founding editor of The Paris Review.

My wife Pam is a parent coach with an active national practice. She skis, golfs and plays cutthroat online bridge with her female friends, and road bikes and lap swims with me.

My ideal day starts early, writing, then editing. I take a break for recreation after lunch, ideally outdoors and on the water, if possible, then back to the desk for research or more editing. For the hour before dinner I like to lose myself in music, playing high, lonesome, tremolo solos on my treasured Breedlove mandolin. 

Evenings start with an episode of a TV series of Pam's choosing, followed by reading. I choose literary fiction mostly, or non-fiction that reads like fiction, with a preference for stories with intriguing characters and settings, written with attention to craft. My running list of top-of-mind favorites [last updated 1/1/2022] includes the following:

      -- Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
      -- The Orchard, by Peter Heller
      -- Paris in the Present Tense, by Mark Helprin
      -- Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
      -- The Pacific (and other stories), by Mark Helprin
      -- Moonglow, by Michael Chabon  
      -- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
      -- Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
      -- Close Range, by Annie Proulx
      -- Kook, by Peter Heller 
      -- Any Human Heart, by William Boyd
      -- The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer
      -- Return to Oakpine, by Ron Carlson
      -- City of Thieves, by David Benioff
      -- Dirt Music, by Tim Winton
      -- Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
      -- Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
      -- Solo Faces, by James Salter


      -- Contemporary: "Windchime" by Tony Hoagland
      -- Classical: "Mandalay" by Rudyard Kipling
      -- Whimsical: "Masks" by Shel Silverstein