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Interviews | September 2, 2014 1 comment
David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
Barbara Ehrenreich (2008)Describe your latest project.
This Land Is Their Land is a collection of short essays, mostly previously unpublished in print. The largest single theme is the increasing division of America into the rich and the rest of us. But there's a lot more here, plus plenty of bold new ideas such as the need for veterinary care for children and abstinence training for middle-aged people... and how the economy would benefit from replacing our current CEOs with undocumented immigrants.
How about my son Ben Ehrenreich, author of the brilliant novel The Suitors. Or his friend Seshu Foster, author of Atomik Aztec.
Writers are better liars than other people: true or false?
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you read it?
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
Why do you write?
Most of the time I don't actually write, because I don't have anything to say until I do a lot of thinking and research. That's the real fun research or satisfying my curiosity and calling that "work."
Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
Who's wilder on tour, rock bands or authors?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
White-Collar Sweatshop: The Deterioration of Work and Its Rewards in Corporate America by Jill Andresky Fraser
Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers by Robert Jackall
The Organization Man by William H. Whyte
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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including Dancing In the Streets and the New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at the New York Times and Time magazine.