In his new collection, Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker, David Remnick, author, reporter, and editor of The New Yorker, profiles some of the most important, complex and, in many cases, reclusive people of our time.
The book includes character studies of figures as varied as Al Gore, Katharine Graham, Philip Roth, Mike Tyson, V clav Havel, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Benjamin Netanyahu. "They are figures in the public arena," writes Remnick, "people who are in the midst of a crisis, passing out of one, or anticipating one on the horizon. They are, with some exceptions, people obsessed with altering the history of their era or recording it."
This conversation will present an opportunity for one of the country's most passionate journalists and editors to reveal why he finds himself particularly attracted to the "loser's lockers room," as well as address what reporting means to our culture at this moment in time, when the medium of print journalism is facing intense criticism and an uncertain future.
About David Remnick
David Remnick was named editor of The New Yorker in 1998. He joined The New Yorker after ten years at the Washington Post. He began his reporting career as a staff writer at the Post and became their Moscow correspondent. This experience formed the basis of his book on the former Soviet Union, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, which received the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism, and the NYPL Bernstein Book Award for Journalism. Other books include Resurrection about the struggle to build a Russian state from the ruins of the Soviet empire, Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker, and King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. Mr. Remnick is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and his work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic, among other publications. Mr. Remnick has been a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught at Columbia and Princeton Universities. His new book is Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker.
About Paul Holdengräber
Paul Holdengräber is the Director of Public Programs - now known as "LIVE from the NYPL" - for The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library. At the NYPL his stated goal is to make the lions roar.