Author Interviews

  1. An interview with Rebecca L. Walkowitz

    In Cosmopolitan Style,Rebecca L. Walkowitz argues that modernist literary style has been crucial to new ways of thinking and acting beyond the nation. Q: What is cosmopolitanism? Rebecca Walkowitz: Well, first of all, it’s important to know that there are several strands of cosmopolitanism. Today, we tend to think of cosmopolitanism as an ethical paradigm […]

  2. An interview with Paul Waldau

    An interview with Paul Waldau

    A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Contributors consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Q: Is this a book about religion or a book about animals? Paul Waldau: Those interested only in animals […]

  3. An interview with James Twitchell

    An interview with James Twitchell

    Where Men Hide is a spirited tour of the dark and often dirty places men go to find comfort, camaraderie, relaxation, and escape. James Twitchell’s lively analysis traces the evolution of these virtual caves, and question why they are rapidly disappearing. Q: Have men always needed such private space? Do women want men to hide? […]

  4. An interview with Mark C. Taylor

    An interview with Mark C. Taylor

    The following is an interview with Mark C. Taylor, author of Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo. In the interview, Mark C. Taylor delves into the relationships between art, technology, and religion, which he explores in greater detail in Rewiring the Real. He also discusses the […]

  5. An interview with Mark Taylor

    An interview with Mark Taylor

    The following is an interview with Mark Taylor, author of Field Notes from Elsewhere: Reflections on Living and Dying and professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Question:  The book begins with an incredibly traumatic series of events unfolding in your life. Tell us a little about what happened […]

  6. An interview with Rob Stone

    An interview with Rob Stone

    The following is an interview with Rob Stone, author of The Cinema of Richard Linklater: Walk, Don’t Run. Question: What makes the cinema of Richard Linklater a good subject for study? Rob Stone: Linklater is an incredibly versatile filmmaker, not only in the range of genres that he’s tried, which includes romantic comedy, western, science-fiction, […]

  7. An interview with Seth Stein

    An interview with Seth Stein

    The following is an interview with Seth Stein, author of Disaster Deferred: How New Science is Changing Our View of Earthquake Hazards in the Midwest. Q: What’s wrong with the stories we hear about the 1811 and 1812 New Madrid earthquakes? Seth Stein: A lot of what you hear is hype. For example, you hear […]

  8. An interview with Peter J. Steinberger

    An interview with Peter J. Steinberger

    The following is an interview with Peter J. Steinberger, author of The Problem with God: Why Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong. In the interview, Steinberger addresses objections to his argument, discusses the “reassurance” offered at the end of his book, and explains why his conclusion should be as troubling to […]

  9. An interview with Karen M. Staller

    An interview with Karen M. Staller

    In Runaways, Karen M. Staller examines the programs and policies that took shape during the 1960’s and the ways in which the ideas of the alternative-services movement continue to guide our responses to at-risk youth. Q: What did you seek to accomplish in this work on runaways? Karen Staller: Working at a large crisis shelter for […]

  10. An interview with Jonathan Soffer

    An interview with Jonathan Soffer

    The following is an interview with Jonathan Soffer, author of  Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City. Q: What makes a great mayor? Does Koch qualify? Jonathan Soffer:: A great mayor must be a great citizen, whom other citizens see as willing to make sacrifices for the whole. A great mayor must be […]

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