A Conversation with David Remnick, hosted by Professor Michael Wood
Remnick will participate in an armchair discussion with Professor Michael Wood, on topics ranging from Russian politics and the U.S. presidential race to A. J. Liebling. A brief question and answer period will follow the dialogue.
Remnick, who won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for his book Lenin’s Tomb (Random House, 1993) about the demise of the Soviet empire, graduated from Princeton University. He began his journalistic career in 1982 at the Washington Post. Fluent in Russian, he served as the Post’s Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1992, when he left to become a staff writer at The New Yorker. Before being tapped as editor in 1998 he had written over 100 articles on subjects as diverse as boxing and the politics of the Middle East. His other books include Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker (Knopf, 2006); a biography, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero (Vintage, 1998); Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia (Random House, 1997); and The Devil Problem (and Other True Stories) (Vintage, 1997); as well as four anthologies of New Yorker pieces.
Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Comparative Literature. His scholarly publications include works on Stendhal, Garcia Marquez, Nabokov, Kafka, and film. He is also a frequent contributor of essays on film and literature to Harper’s, London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, and New Republic.