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Seriously Questioning…David Enrich

David Enrich is the Gerald Loeb Award-winning Finance Editor of The New York Times. He previously was Financial Enterprise Editor of The Wall Street Journal, heading an elite investigative unit at the paper. Enrich is the author of The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History.

David is speaking at House of SpeakEasy’s Seriously Entertaining show on March 20th, themed A Matter of Time, alongside Duncan Hannah, Stefan Merrill Block, and Joselin Linder. We spoke to David ahead of the show…

Describe your current project: It’s top secret. Sorry!

What is your earliest memory involving reading or writing? Being mildly terrified of the creepy characters in Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday to You!

What is your favorite first line of a novel? “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” —Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Only write about things you find interesting. If you’re bored, readers will be, too.

What writer past or present do you wish you could eat dinner with? Bruce Springsteen.

What are you reading right now? Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart.


Seriously Questioning…Joselin Linder

Joselin Linder is a regular contributor to the New York Post, whose work has also been featured on “This American Life” and “Morning Edition.” She spoke at the TEDX GOWANUS event in Brooklyn in 2014, presenting for the first time on the subject of her family gene and the deadly illness to which it leads.… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…Duncan Hannah

Duncan Hannah is is an artist who became popular in the 1970’s in New York’s avant-garde and glam and punk rock scenes, acted in a number of underground movies, and showed several of his figurative portraits in 1980’s infamous Times Square Show. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…Stefan Merrill Block

Stefan Merrill Block is the author of The Story of Forgetting, an international bestseller and the winner of Best First Fiction at the Rome International Festival of Literature, The Ovid Prize from the Romanian Writer’s Union, the 2008 Merck Serono Literature Prize and the 2009 Fiction Award from The Writers’ League of Texas. Stefan’s novels have been… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…Sandra Allen

Sandra Allen is the former BuzzFeed features editor and co-founder of the online literary magazine Wag’s Revue. Her essays have been featured in Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing. Sandra is the author of the memoir A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia, about her uncle. Sandra spoke… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…Christopher J. Yates

Christopher J. Yates was formally a puzzle editor in London, and the author of the debut novel, Black Chalk, a “Best of the Year” selection by NPR. His new novel Grist Mill Road received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. Christopher spoke at House of SpeakEasy’s Seriously Entertaining show on January 30th, Caught in the Act alongside Sandra Allen, Elif Shafak,… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…David Friend

David Friend joined Vanity Fair as editor of creative development in 1998, after serving as Life magazine’s director of photography. Friend is the author of Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11. He has won Emmy and Peabody awards as an executive producer of 9/11, a CBS documentary that aired in… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…Laura Lippman

  Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than 20 awards for her fiction—and been nominated for 30 more. Since her debut in 1997, she has published 20 novels, a novella and a collection of short stories. Lit Hub recently named her one of the “essential” female crime writers of… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. is one of the nation’s leading authorities on race, education, and the criminal justice system, and a tireless advocate for young people who others have written off.  Forman worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme… Continue Reading

Seriously Questioning…J.T. Rogers

J.T. Rogers is a playwright whose plays include  (Lincoln Center Theater, then Broadway; National Theatre, London, then West End); Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center Theater; National Theatre); The Overwhelming (National Theatre, then UK tour with Out of Joint; Roundabout Theatre); White People (Off-Broadwaywith Starry Night Productions); and Madagascar (Theatre 503, London; Melbourne Theatre Company). For… Continue Reading

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