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  • I haven't seen any of Robert Birmbaum's other stuff, but I was not impressed with this interview. Indeed, based on your recommendation, which I respect, I checked out his interview with Adam Gopnik, another writer I know about. I have the same feelings after reading that interview.

    * She is introduced as living in NYC, but the first question is about Boston. I don't know why she is in Boston.

    * His second question challenges that the "Freedom Trail" even exists. It is there, as she says, and it is a rea
    • brian, I think you need to check out your irony meter. It appears to be broken. ;-)

      Birnbaum is a twat and an awful interviewer. That poorly written and self-aggrandizing bio that I quoted testifies to paucity of his talent. And he's a twat. Did I mention that already?

      • Oh, good. I was about to send an apology email to you. :)

        I saw "Sarah Vowell" and got excited. Sorry for explaining the obvious to everyone. It's good to know I can still be a dumbass, even half way around the world.

        By the way, I was looking at the "read 1000 books" thing and thinking "I read half as many of that in high school, and a tenth of that while in Iraq".