Who are you?

David Remnick: David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker. 

I’m from Jersey, and I would say that the town I grew up in is about halfway along the ride that Tony Soprano takes from the Lincoln Tunnel to his suburban ________ in North _________. Where I grew up Hillsdale, New Jersey is about halfway.

How did it shape me? I think growing up where I did and wanting to do certain things, and write, and all those kinds of things, I had my eyes firmly fixed on the horizon toward Manhattan; kind of the opposite of the Steinberg New Yorker cover. I really wanted to cross that bridge as, as odd as that sounds. 

What was it like growing up in the shadow of New York? You had a sense that everything was there. I was about half an hour from the city, and there’s the sense that all activity, all mind, all social life, all that is great, and good, and real, and intelligent, and exalted is across the river; which of course only means that you’re ignoring what’s in front of your face, and it’s one more form of adolescent stupidity. 

Question: What did you think you’d be doing professionally? 

David Remnick: I only had my eyes fixed on one thing and that was writing. I think by the time I was 13 or 14; all I wanted to do was write. That’s it. And to this day, writing and reading is most everything that I think about.

 

Recorded on Jan 7, 2008

Looking across the river.

Live on Thursday: Learn innovation with 3-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, the only female chef in America with three Michelin stars, joins Big Think Live this Thursday at 1pm ET.

Big Think LIVE

Add event to your calendar

AppleGoogleOffice 365OutlookOutlook.comYahoo


Keep reading Show less

US, Russia, China won't join global initiative to offer fair access to COVID-19 vaccines. Why not?

The U.S., China, and Russia are in a "vaccine race" that treats a global challenge like a winner-take-all game.

Coronavirus
  • More than 150 countries have joined an initiative to develop, produce, and fairly distribute an effective COVID-19 vaccine.
  • But China, Russia, and the U.S. have declined to join in a bid to win the vaccine race.
  • The absence of these three economies risks the success of the global initiative and future collaborations.
  • Keep reading Show less

    Being in a frisky mood may improve your chances in the dating world

    Positive, romantic thoughts could produce positive, romantic outcomes while dating.

    Credit: 4 PM production on Shutterstock
    Sex & Relationships
    • Fear of rejection, self-doubt, and anxiety are just some of the obstacles humans need to overcome to make a meaningful, romantic connection with another person.
    • According to a 2020 project by a group of psychologists at the University of Rochester (and the Israeli-based Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya), humans see possible romantic partners as a lot more attractive if they go into the interaction with a "sexy mindset."
    • Across three separate studies, this team discovered that this sexual activation helps people initiate relationships by inducing them to project their desires onto prospective partners.
    Keep reading Show less

    A new minimoon is headed towards Earth, and it’s not natural

    Astronomers spot an object heading into Earth orbit.

    Credit: PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/Paitoon Pornsuksomboon/Shutterstock/Big Think
    Surprising Science
  • Small objects such as asteroids get trapped for a time in Earth orbit, becoming "minimoons."
  • Minimoons are typically asteroids, but this one is something else.
  • The new minimoon may be part of an old rocket from the 1960s.
  • Keep reading Show less

    Study reveals alarming link between binge-drinking and anxiety

    New research conducted on mice suggests repeated heavy drinking causes synaptic dysfunctions that lead to anxiety.

    Credit: Pixabay
    Mind & Brain
    • The study was conducted on mice, who were given the equivalent of five drinks daily for 10 days.
    • Images of the alcoholic mice brains showed synaptic dysfunctions related to microglia (immune cells in the brain).
    • The results suggest that regulating TNF, a signaling protein related to systemic inflammation, may someday play a part in treating alcohol addiction.
    Keep reading Show less
    Quantcast