Who are you?
Since taking the helm of The New Yorker in 1998, David Remnick has returned the magazine to its profitable glory days. A graduate of Princeton University, he began his journalistic career as a night police reporter at the Washington Post in 1982, becoming the paper's Moscow correspondent in 1988. His coverage of the Soviet Union's collapse led to his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1993 book "Lenin's Tomb." His latest book "The Bridge," is a biography of President Barack Obama. He lives in New York with his wife, Esther Fein, and their three children.
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.
Don't underestimate the power of play when it comes to problem-solving.
- As we get older, the work we consistently do builds "rivers of thinking." These give us a rich knowledge of a certain kind of area.
- The problem with this, however, is that as those patterns get deeper, we get locked into them. When this happens it becomes a challenge to think differently — to break from the past and generate new ideas.
- How do we get out of this rut? One way is to bring play and game mechanics into workshops. When we approach problem-solving from a perspective of fun, we lose our fear of failure, allowing us to think boldly and overcome built patterns.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
The surprising results come from a new GLAAD survey.
- The survey found that 18- to 34-year-old non-LGBTQ Americans reported feeling less comfortable around LGBTQ people in a variety of hypothetical situations.
- The attitudes of older non-LGBTQ Americans have remained basically constant over the past few years.
- Overall, about 80 percent of Americans support equal rights for LGBTQ people.
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