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Interviews With Fascinating People From Around The World
  • Ken Jennings

    “No one would watch me on Jeopardy! and say, ‘Wow, this guy is smarter than Stephen Hawking because he knows all his state birds.’ I think they know it’s a different thing.”   If I get a few answers right on Jeopardy!, I pat myself on the back. Ken Jennings won 74 games in a […]

    No responses 23 min read March 17, 2015
  • Teju Cole

    “Everybody reads, but I read like a maniac. I go deep down inside the text and bind it into my heart so that it has an influence on my own writing. When I write a piece, I am making myself so close to the language that it is super intense and super exhausting.”     In […]

    One response 19 min read October 7, 2013
  • Susan Polgar

      “People truly believed it was impossible for women to play good chess or become a grandmaster. They really were convinced that because no other woman had done it before me it was impossible. But I learned chess quickly and it became part of my mission.”   If you love a good tale about women […]

    2 responses 19 min read August 23, 2013
  • Andy Gill

    “One of the things that isn’t right about music at the moment is that it’s often too backward looking and referential. I think people should be looking to invent new things.”   He’s been called the post-punk Hendrix. For like his acid-induced predecessor, the spiky, sporadic sounds that reverberated from Andy Gill’s guitar influenced a […]

    No responses 22 min read August 1, 2013
  • Oluchi Orlandi

      “I’m not doing charity because it looks good on my resume. I want to give people an opportunity to work. That’s what the continent needs.”   Meeting a supermodel is intimidating. But sometimes you just have to tell yourself “we’re all African” and go for it. And so, with my questions and courage, I approached […]

    One response 11 min read July 16, 2013
  • Sam Childers

    “If you got good people having weapons, then it’s a good thing. If you have bad people having weapons, then it’s a bad thing. In countries that have outlawed guns around the world, it’s a proven fact that only outlaws have them.”     Years before the most viral video of all time, KONY 2012, […]

    19 responses 20 min read March 29, 2013
  • Susan Orlean

    “For a kid, having a Halloween birthday really makes you feel unique, and being a red-head, you are unique…From the time I could think about who I was, I felt that I was not like everyone else.”      Only Halloween could birth one of history’s most successful red-headed writers. With a knack for quirky, […]

    One response 20 min read February 22, 2013
  • Jim Jinkins

      “I’m happy to have been a pre-computer kid…There was a whole lot of down time when we had to entertain ourselves, and I think that’s what helped me think of these stories.”   An awkward edge around love interests. A wild imagination. A desire to fit in. A penchant for adventure. There is something […]

    4 responses 20 min read February 1, 2013
  • Cory Doctorow

    “L. Ron Hubbard does not have the neurological excuse for the declining quality of his work. I think it can only be attributed to the fact that he was a colossal asshole.”   Cory Doctorow attended four universities but never completed a degree. Today, the Toronto native is a wildly successful sci-fi writer, journalist, and […]

    No responses 12 min read December 16, 2012