[Podcast] Findings + “An Errand” with Rafil Kroll-Zaidi | Harper's Magazine

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Findings + “An Errand”

The scientific method: on the process of writing short stories, literary nonfiction, and one of Harper’s Magazine’s most well-known sections

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, a contributing editor to Harpers Magazine, joins web editor Violet Lucca to discuss Findings, one of the most iconic sections of the magazine, and his recent short story, “An Errand.” Together, they explore his process for finding Findings and carefully juxtaposing recent scientific studies to form an alternately juvenile and highbrow comedic chronicle. They also delve into the world of Old Delhi to examine Kroll-Zaidi’s short story from the January issue, which finds a brother and sister on a quest to find a seller of hearts. They discuss the ways in which the story blends contemporary reality with folklore, and how Kroll-Zaidi’s work on Findings informs his fiction.

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