Remnick Talks / 9/11 Rehashed / The Dream State

September 10, 2006

Talking with the New Yorker’s Editor
David Remnick, the fifth editor of the 81-year-oold publication New Yorker, rescued it from its own demise. In a Guardian essay, Gaby Wood describes him as eccentric.

9/11 Rehashed
I’ve never understood humanity’s need to celebrate or to remember events on a five-year cycle, especially an event such as the destruction inflicted on innocents on 9/11/01. A while ago, the famed British author wrote “The Last Days of Muhammad Atta,” a leader of the 9/11 attacks. If memory serves, it appeared in the New Yorker. The Observer republished it last week. This week, its parent publication has followed with an essay, “The Age of Herrorism,” in which Amis analyses the rise of Isalmic extremism and the West’s weak-ass response to it.

The Dream State
During the past several months, I have become convinced that writers, or any individual for that matter, gets the most from her/his creativity when they are closest to a dream state, as I first heard from Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize novelists as well as author of From Where You Dream, published by Grove Press, which I would recommend to any writer. Recently Michael Frayn came out with The Human Touch by Faber and Faber, and an essay from that book appears in the Guardian.


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