Daniel Menaker '63 Interviewed About Book on
Conversation on NPR Weekend Edition
by Michael Lott
Author Daniel Menaker '63 was interviewed by NPR Weekend Edition guest host Ari Shapiro about his new book, A Good Talk: The Story and Skill of Conversation. Described by Shapiro as a "conversation connoiseur," Menaker says that he truly enjoys talking to new people. "I have an insatiable curiosity, I have had since I was a kid, and like to find out the uniqueness that is like fingerprints that each person has," he said.
In the interview, Menaker argues that conversation serves a vital social function in allowing us to understand how others see us. Moreover, research suggests there is a hormone-induced biological "high" from good conversation.
An Honors English Literature major at Swarthmore, Menaker worked at The New Yorker for 26 years and was later Editor-in-Chief at the Random House Publishing Group. He is also the author of the novel The Treatment and two books of short stories.