Brief Interviews is a new series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions.
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With Americans spending as much time surfing the web (usually for YouTube videos of cats flushing toilets) as watching TV, we have to ask ourselves how this shift is affecting our real lives.
If you look at the value of things in terms of numbers, well, it can get you nuts. Since going nuts is expensive, I'm trying to think of markets differently.
'Up in the Air' author Walter Kirn didn't receive an Oscar invite and he has taken to Twitter to vent.
"Caution to writers: Don't expect that becaus...
We talked to director Jason Reitman, stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, and author Walter Kirn about their timely Up in the Air, a beautiful film about job loss and human connection.
I've been touting Up in the Air as the year's best film since I saw it in Toronto in September -- and I still haven't seen anything that has changed my mind.
In an information age it's so much more useful (not to mention fun) to expand our loved one's minds - rather than their cupboards - by sending them a list of our favorite readings.
Anis Shivani picks his top 10 books for 2009.
Walter Kirn, author of the novels Up in the Air and Mission to America, has written the most enticing recent indictment of education in this country.
A president, like a college freshman, can't know in advance which questions he'll have to answer or what topics he'll have to master. He has to be flexible, supple, and responsive. He has to be comfortable with multiple-choice.
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