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.”
Interview by Alexis Swerdloff