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Ken Silverstein: The FishbowlDC Interview

MyPicturesilverstein.jpgSay hello to Ken Silverstein, Washington editor of Harper’s.

What word do you routinely misspell? As of late: Berdymukhamedov, the president of Turkmenistan.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Old Phone

What time did you get up this morning? Late — 7:30

When did you last cry and why? At a movie, but it would be too embarrassing to say which one

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 75-100.

What’s your favorite letter? X

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career?</B Bruce Handler, who for reasons still hard to fathom hired me (over the phone) to work for the AP in Brazil at a time that I had no real writing clips and spoke marginal Portuguese.

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? On and off at my kids’ schools

Who is your favorite active journalist? Too many and it would be a conflict of interest to name friends. But I just looked over at my bookshelf for help and saw a few titles by Calvin Trillin, who is wonderful no matter what the topic or genre.

What did you have for breakfast? The same thing I have most days – whatever my kids didn’t finish (in this case, a sausage and pancake)

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toothbrush

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? For journalism, X-ray vision.

Red or white wine? Red

PG-13 or R? If I have to pick, R

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Breast.

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Shouldn’t this be Superbad or Knocked Up? In which case the former.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? The Diner

Yankees or Red Sox? Yankees

Jenna or Barbara? I have no strong preference here

McSteamy or McDreamy? Ditto above.

Leno or Letterman? Letterman

Stewart or Colbert? Slight edge to Stewart since I have a hard time staying up for Colbert.

Boxers or briefs? This has been much entertaining than what I should be doing but I think I’ll pass on this one.

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