Radio Interviews by Stacy Horn

Please excuse the “by Stacy Horn” thing. I’m experimenting with a Google search tip. So yesterday I was in the NPR New York studios for an interview on the show Airtalk with Larry Mantle (thank you Airtalk and Larry!!). I discovered long ago that even though you’ve spent years researching and writing about a subject, and your every waking moment has been dedicated to thinking about this subject, when you put on those headphones and someone asks, “So tell me about your book,” your mind sometimes goes:

“I wrote a book. Right. Well, what about it? Where to begin. Oh God. There’s so much to say. Pick one. [Blank] Just one point. [Blank.] Think. [No.]” And so on.

Now I always bring notes. Usually I just need to glance down to pick a direction for my answer, sometimes I’ll read a quote I like. Here’s what that looks like.

This is Bryant Park behind the main branch of the New York Public Library. It’s across the street from the NPR studios and I passed through it on my way to my interview. Such a lovely place (thank you Dan Biederman and the Grand Central Partnership, who restored it).

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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