356: Louis Menand

Author of The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War, he is as sophisticated an intellectual as any of his colleagues at The New Yorker. The book that set him on his path? A Hardy Boys mystery, The Secret of the Old Mill. “I read this, and my heart was pounding. And I thought, I want to do that. I want to write things that will make people’s hearts beat.” And he does.

Person: Richard Rorty
Place: Bradford, MA
Thing: this book
Randy’s Thing: this song