Which five iconic figures would you invite to a dinner party?
Verdi, Einstein, Tennessee Williams, Dorothy Parker and my mom, Kate McGarrigle
What song would you play for them?
“Romantical Man.” It’s a new one; no one has heard it.
Favorite musician mentor of all time?
If you could sum up your life in a lyric, what would it be?
“The feeling’s worth the fall” from “Southern Boys” by Kate McGarrigle
If you could change one thing about America, what would it be?
Take the word God out of everything—not that I don’t like God.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Besides Montauk, what’s been your favorite beach vacation?
Byron Bay, Australia
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard?
My daughter asked yesterday, “Do elephants celebrate birthdays?”
Which three songs are essential to any playlist?
“My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone; “I Want You” by Bob Dylan; and “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler
TV guilty pleasure?
House Hunters International
What are you really good at?
Faking it till ya make it.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Waking up with my husband, Bunny
What does no one know about Rufus Wainwright?
I pick my nose way too much.