Robert Birnbaum

Pete Hamill

Self-described "aging Celtic scribe" Pete Hamill is, in the argot of our time, an old-school journalist and writer. Born in Brooklyn during the 20th century's Great Depression, he was a high school dropout whose first interests were in the visual arts.

daniel okrent

Daniel Okrent

Diligently and exhaustively researched, Okrent’s Last Call makes clear the numerous and varied parts to the complex story of America’s “noble experiment” to outlaw the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages.

Robert Stone

Robert Stone on Damascus Gate

It's highly unlikely that if you are reading this you are unaware (or unappreciative) of American novelist Robert Stone. For what it's worth, I rank Stone among a handful of living great American writers and have hungrily seized opportunities to chat with him.

Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict

"Reviews can sell a book, but it doesn't always work that they sell books. And that's very different. We all used to look at the NYTBR and decide what the book was that we had to read. And now it's really a little bit unclear how we decide what book we are going to read."

John Gimlette

John Gimlette

There is a very big difference between American and British travel journalism, and that's this whole business of the assisted or freebie trip. In Britain we are unashamed about any travel company paying for you to go and then writing about it.

Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano

"The richest people are suffering fear in such a proportion they cannot imagine life without this panic of being kidnapped and feeling that people hate them or I don't know—it must be terrible."