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Six Questions — May 24, 2013, 8:00 am
Anna Badkhen on life in rural Afghanistan and the friction between violence and beauty
Six Questions — May 9, 2013, 9:00 am
Lucas Mann on hope and change in a minor-league-baseball city
Six Questions — April 18, 2013, 12:35 pm
Daniel Brook on the lessons of four great Eastern cities that sought to imitate the West
Rashid Khalidi on how the United States sustains the failure of the Israel–Palestine peace process
Six Questions — March 15, 2013, 6:50 pm
Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr. on the rise of the Black Panther Party, revolution, and the glory of guns
Six Questions — February 27, 2013, 9:00 am
Filmmaker Adam Hall on capturing the dark magic of a T. C. Boyle short story
Six Questions — February 20, 2013, 9:00 am
Michelle Orange on the art of the personal essay, navigating cultural overload, and the distance that separates two human heads
Alex Gibney on his documentary investigating the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of child sex-abuse cases
Six Questions — January 24, 2013, 1:04 pm
Timothy Donnelly on writing challenging verse, the cultural faith bred by 30 Rock, and the poet’s need to reach for the eternities
Six Questions — January 18, 2013, 12:49 pm
Christopher S. Stewart on his epic hunt for Honduras’s lost White City
Tina Rosenberg on the British spy novelist who hoodwinked Hitler
Six Questions — November 14, 2012, 9:30 am
Mark Kingwell on fugitive democracy, the cultural role of philosophers, and hockey-borne Canadian anti-intellectualism
Six Questions — November 8, 2012, 3:31 pm
Elena Passarello on the animal appeal of the human voice and the art of the lyrical essay
Six Questions — October 20, 2012, 9:53 am
Frederick Kaufman on how food stopped being food
Six Questions — October 5, 2012, 1:31 pm
Theodore Ross discusses the history and evolution of American Judaism and recounts his attempt to reconcile with his childhood alienation from his Jewish heritage.
After four years in the political penalty box, Karl Rove has returned as the undeniable mastermind of the G.O.P.’s electoral effort. Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger has just published a new book, Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, that focuses on Rove’s fall from grace during the Bush years and his remarkable political resurrection. It shows how Rove’s tactics are remaking the nation’s political landscape and explains why, win or lose in 2012, he is likely to be a dominant force in Republican politics for some time. I put six questions to Unger about his new …
Six Questions — August 31, 2012, 12:42 pm
Joshua Cohen’s new story collection, Four New Messages, was published on August 7 to wide and deserved acclaim. The book’s four independent but stylistically and thematically harmonious stories are an extraordinary blend of the familiar and the cutting-edge, addressing ancient human preoccupations in an animated, elastic style that captures the distracted and alienated character of our time. The week after its release, I sat down with Cohen at his apartment in Manhattan to discuss writing, the horror and splendors of the Internet Age, and whether the codex, privacy, and the human imagination are doomed. “I’m more interested in good writing …
We live in a world in which the private space we are afforded seems to be constantly shrinking. Travelers are subjected to ever-mounting indignities at airports, and those who turn to the seeming anonymity of cyberspace soon learn that someone is keeping careful track of their habits and preferences, and may be putting the information to commercial or other purposes. Now Harper’s Magazine contributing editor Garret Keizer has written Privacy, a close look at an essential social and moral value. I put six questions to him about his new book: 1. You tell us that, “America is a pluralistic society …
Alex Cooley Through much of modern history, Central Asia has been a borderland between great empires that vied for influence within it. This came to an end with the Soviet period, which plunged the region into isolation. Now, Barnard College professor Alex Cooley has taken a deep look at the post-Soviet era. In Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia, he finds a sometimes hostile, sometimes friendly rivalry, focused on security issues, between the United States, Russia, and China for influence in the region. I put six questions to Cooley about his new book: 1. …
Average number of days a West German man goes without changing his underwear:
Female salmon and quail showed a strong preference for smaller mates.
A Vatican committee approved the constitution of the International Association of Exorcists.
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