I’m very excited to be interviewing the best-selling author, Rich Cohen. He has authored many books, including such New York Times Bestsellers as Tough Jews, The Avengers and Monsters. Rich also helped author the popular book, When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead with Jerry Weintraub. More recently, he is known for co-creating the hit HBI series Vinyl, with fellow co-creators Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. Rich Cohen is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, he has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper’s Magazine. So, if you haven’t got the picture, Rich Cohen is a prolific writer who is globally renowned for his work. I am personally a fan of his work, which makes me especially pleased to present you my interview with Rich Cohen…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
I tell them I work in financial services. If I say I’m a writer, they think I’m unemployed.
I am reading Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem, which is so good it makes me nervous. I’m also reading the Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces by Ian Frazier, because he’s the master.
When you think about your childhood, what book comes to mind?
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
The big brother.
What do you think your school aged self would think of the present day you?
Wow, I’m exactly the fucking same.
If you could wrap up a single book and gift it to yourself as you left education – which book would it be?
Does your reading have routine? Is there a particular time or place that you like to read?
I read anywhere and everywhere, sitting down and standing up, walking and running, leaning against beams, sitting on trains, waiting at customs.
Do you have any books that you strongly associate with someone important in your life?
You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen, which I associate with my father, Herb Cohen.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
I go book by the book. I want it like whisky. Very strong, one ice cube.
Do you think reading is important?
If you don’t read, you don’t know how to think. And you’re all alone. So, yes. It’s important.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?
Do you prefer real books or digital books?
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life?
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
Every single thing written by Shirley Hazzard, Janet Malcolm and George Trow.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
Hello, I Must Be Cohen.