Saturday, November 1, 2008

Jonathan Weiner

Jonathan Weiner's books include The Beak of the Finch, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science; Time, Love, Memory, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction, and finalist for the Aventis Science Prize; and His Brother's Keeper, finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and many other newspapers and magazines. While working on His Brother's Keeper, he was writer-in-residence at Rockefeller University.

Now he teaches science writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

A few days ago I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
I always have a stack of books on the night table, and more scattered around the apartment. I'm reading The Liberal Imagination, by Lionel Trilling. The Annotated Lolita, edited by Alfred Appel, Jr. God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens. Just finished How Fiction Works, by James Wood; Jack Gance, by Ward Just; and Faceless Killers, by Henning Mankell.

In between, Auden's poems, Shakespeare's sonnets, Solomon's Proverbs.
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--Marshal Zeringue