I’ve had it since 1968. Debra, my girlfriend, says that as soon as I die, she’s going to have it shaved off.
She doesn’t like it?
I think she does, but she’s curious to see how I’d look without it.
How long have you been dating?
Since 1997. We live separately—both of us have rent-stabilized apartments in the East Village. We own a house together upstate, so it makes the weekends we spend there more special.
Any plans to get married?
I see no reason to bring lawyers and contracts into my life. At one point, Debra said, “I would just liked to be asked—and then I’ll say no.”