Editor, The New Yorker magazine
Wed Sep 24 2008
Who are your favorite New Yorkers?
David Remnick: You mean beyond the staff of The New Yorker? Mariano Rivera. Geoffrey Canada. Cassandra Wilson. Philip Roth. Paul LeClerc. Robert Silvers. For starters. And the family that runs Barney Greengrass. I honor them and the whitefish they swam in on.
What’s the biggest thing that’s happened to the city in the past 13 years?
David Remnick: I can’t believe that any respondent can say anything other than 9/11. I’m not sure that Sex and the City and the rise of Marc Jacobs quite compares.
Your favorite place?
David Remnick: Film Forum on West Houston. I have only one ambition: that one day I will be buried there. Up close. Near the screen.
What’s your favorite moment in New York?
David Remnick: With my wife and sons, Yankee Stadium, seats on the first-base line, cool October night, Game 7 against the Red Sox, bottom of the ninth—Aaron Boone, of all people, hits a looping tracer arc into the left-field seats, prolonging for one last, joyful, municipally vindictive moment, the Curse of the Bambino. Then things changed.
What’s the future of New York? What are your hopes, and what needs to happen?
David Remnick: One never knows; isn’t that why we live here? Infinite possibility. It would be good, though, to have a mayor as intelligent and competent as Michael Bloomberg—but one who didn’t have to buy his election.
Complete this sentence: New York is…
David Remnick: …infinite possibility. It’s the place where you have to be willing to be lucky. E.B. White told us that long ago.
If you could have a drink with anyone else on this Top 40 list, who would it be?
David Remnick: Spider-Man, surely. I would ask him how long it takes him to get in that suit. Michael Phelps says it takes him a half hour to get into his.
And lastly: charticles. Isn’t it about time?
David Remnick: If we did publish them, they would still be a thousand words long. Miniatures aren’t the house specialty. Except the cartoons.
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