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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Boris Johnson chats with Freakanomics about The Churchill Factor, cheese boxes, and the best investment he's ever made

"Boris Johnson drops by to chat about being: Mayor of London; a writer; a great admirer of — and now biographer of — Prime Minister Winston Churchill; a potential future prime minister himself; and, most singularly, he chats about just being Boris Johnson.

JOHNSON: I love… I love… old wooden tennis rackets.

There are other old things he loves.

JOHNSON: I collect… old cheese boxes.

At one point in the conversation, the need arose to remove his shoes:

JOHNSON: No, yeah, hang on… I’m going to take them off… I’m just going to see if I can see what’s in the…. these are so worn…. that you can’t… hang on… uh… oh God."

Listen to the full interview here.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One Gram Short by Etgar Keret in The New Yorker

"One Gram Short" is a new short story by the brilliant Etgar Keret, featured in The New Yorker. Read the story here.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The New York Times profiles Jess Row and his book, Your Face in Mine

"In the weak light of a February afternoon, Kelly Thorndike has a strange chance encounter in a Baltimore parking lot with Martin Lipkin, an old friend from high school. But time has brought a big change. The Martin that Kelly knew was white. The man standing before him is black.

Their meeting sets the stage for Your Face in Mine, Jess Row's debut novel... joining a long tradition of fiction about racial guises." Read more.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sarah Waters and her novel The Paying Guests featured in the New York Times

"It’s that shift, that moment of modernity,” Ms. Waters said. “The impact of the First World War was to shake things up enormously, loosening up old mores, fashions and behaviors. The early ’20s were like the waist of an hourglass. Lots of things were hurtling toward it and squeezing through it and then hurtling out the other side.” Check out the full piece here.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lisa Robinson in Conversation with Fran Lebowitz

We love this video of rock and roll journalist Lisa Robinson being interviewed by her friend Fran Lebowitz at the 92nd Street Y last week. The two discuss everything from touring with rock stars to the New York City rock scene in the 1980s to the merits of Kanye West's latest album. Watch the conversation here.

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Etgar Keret's new piece featured exclusively on Nerve.com!

Check out Etgar Keret's piece on getting your first kiss and losing your virginity the same day. Up now exclusively on Nerve.com. Click here to read.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Jon Ronson on Ira Glass's This American Life

Riverhead author Jon Ronson joined Ira Glass on This American Life to discuss public shaming and a case of someone being--literally--tarred and feathered. Check out the podcast or read the transcript here.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Masha Gessen takes on Vladimir Putin in the LA Times

Masha Gessen, author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin writes: "Is Putin insane, is he Hitler, or is he both? He is none of those things. In fact, he may be unlike any politician the world has known."

Read the full piece here.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Victoria Sweet in the NYT on the real legacy of Florence Nightingale: "Far More Than a Lady With a Lamp"

Victoria Sweet, author of God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, discusses Florence Nightingale's impressive and often forgotten accomplishments (writing a bestseller which would make her financially independent in a time when few women were; reorganizing and reforming Britain's hospitals and founding the first real school for nurses; speaking prolifically on public health, sanitation, India, and prostitution) and what she might make of the Affordable Care Act today.

Read the full piece here.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Jon Ronson on Frank Sidebottom and the new film Frank

Jon Ronson shares his memories about his time in the Frank Sidebottom band in this Guardian excerpt from his new e-special Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie. Frank the movie, which stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal, premiered to rave reception at this year's Sundance festival.

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