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Rich Lowry: The FishbowlDC Interview

Say hello to Rich Lowry- don’t call him Richard- co-author of “Banqo’s Ghost” with Keith Korman.

In Lowry’s own words the basic plot: “Left-wing journalist sent on a rogue CIA mission to Iran to assassinate Iran’s top nuclear scientist; mayhem ensues. Some people will have fun arguing whether one character, the left-wing media-savvy editrix Josephine von Hildebrand, is more like Katrina vanden Heuvel or Arianna Huffington. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Joy Behar, Larry King, et. al make appearances by name.”

“Banquo’s Ghosts” is on bookshelves now.

What does your morning reading list include?
I’m old school. I still get five newspapers delivered at home, NY Times, Washington Post, New York Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today: I read the New York Post first (some of us at NR call it “the newspaper of record”). Online, I first turn to NRO, RealClearPolitics, and Drudge.

What single person has played the biggest role or has had the biggest influence on your career? Easy- Bill Buckley.

How many suits do you own? Just enough to get by, basically two, one grey, one dark blue. Somehow I’ve also accumulated two summer suits, which I’ll wear once or twice a year.

What is the name of your cell phone ring? I have a rotation of “Daughter” by Pearl Jam, “All the Small Things,” by Blink 182 and “Everybody” by the Blues Brothers (Remember that scene in the movie? “We’re so glad to see so many of you lovely people here tonight, and we would especially like to welcome all representatives of the Illinois law enforcement community who have chosen to join us in the Palace hotel ballroom at this time”). And, finally, “Les voici! Voici la quadrille” for my girlfriend’s calls, since she’s an opera fan.


How many emails do you receive a day? How many do you answer? I’m not sure. A lot. And I don’t answer enough. If anyone has brilliant ideas for e-mail management, please let me know.

Where do you power-lunch? Starbucks.

What’s your favorite or go-to drink? Vodka tonic.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Charles Krauthammer. Marry an incredibly incisive intellect with fearsome powers of expression, and you get Charles. As they say in sports, he’s scary good.

What subject line in an email grabs your attention? I hate to say it, but: “Congratulations.” The one that grabs me least: “Dear Richard.” If it starts that way, I’m 100% sure that it’s from a p.r. person who got my name from some list since no one who knows me calls me Richard.

What section of the Sunday Washington Post do you read first? Op-ed pages.

If you ran a doctor’s office or a bank, what cable news station would you have on in your waiting room or lobby? Fox News, except during Yankee day games, when it would be the YES network.

Lowry’s FBDC Interview continued after the jump…


What kind of dog should the Obamas get and what should they name their new pet? I’m a cat person, so I have no opinion. Is there such a thing as a hyperallergenic cat? Or would that look like Dr. Evil’s? In any case, Sasha and Malia should get full naming rights.

Leno or Letterman? Stewart or Colbert? Gutfeld.

Taking a cue from The Chris Matthews Show here, tell us something we don’t know… A few years ago, I took up ice hockey from scratch. Learned how to skate. Was in a training program that fed into a league. But my career was caught short by an awkward fall. An older guy who saw me in my elevator one day with all my equipment said, “You’re playing hockey? Great game. I used to play. Have fun.” But then right as he left the elevator and the doors were closing, he said, “But don’t play past age 35.” I was 39 at the time. Turned out to be good advice!

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