Eve Orenstein: That's easy -- Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya and their whole scene. Berlin, Paris and New York in the '20s and '30s, working with Brecht and the Gershwins and Langston Hughes, bringing dark, absurdist cabaret to Broadway, blurring lines between classical and popular genres and just being brilliant and talented and politically dissident. I would do anything to be there/then and work with them.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Neil deGrasse Tyson. He's just so passionate, so in love with the esoteric thing he's into that he makes something as decidedly unsexy to most people as astrophysics incredibly compelling. I have known he is clever like that for a while now, but the more he is established as the public face of science, the more I like him. Has anyone done that since Carl Sagan?Continue reading for more from Eve Orenstein.