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The “American Idol” breakout star has long written paeans to love and heartbreak. She told staff writer Hanif Abdurraqib that documenting the end of her marriage on her recent album, “Chemistry,” was a very different thing. David Remnick talks with Hernan Diaz about “Trust,” Diaz’s contemporary novel about financial misdeeds in the run-up to the 1929 crash. The novelist was interested in high finance, seeing it as a realm of “pure abstraction” that separated capital from labour. Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer on race and politics Robert Samuels shares his secret pastime: watching classic figure skating videos on YouTube.
Kelly Clarkson talks divorce writing
The “American Idol” breakout star has a long history of writing heart-wrenching songs. She told Hanif Abdulrajib that writing about the end of a marriage for Chemistry was a very different thing.
“Trust” by Hernan Diaz, a high-level financial novel
When his second novel – about a shady, ultra-rich financier – won the Pulitzer Prize, the author was virtually unknown. He talks to David Remnick about the “pure abstraction” of money.
Robert Samuels on life and figure skating
A writer who studies race and politics likes to pass the time watching skating videos. But it’s not just procrastination; Samuels found metaphors for life and writing in these videos.
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