This week in The New Yorker, Ian Parker profiles Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author Thomas L. Friedman. The story, which is not currently online, is the latest of Mr. Parker’s killer profiles (cf., Baldwin, Alec; Clooney, George; bonobos, sexy), and is chockablock with the great scenes from the Arctic Circle to Washington, D.C., to backstage at Late Show with David Letterman.
Here’s Mr. Parker on Mr. Friedman’s working method for both his column and his book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded:
Mr. Parker describes Mr. Friedman as sometimes taking "the role of a chipper uncle in line at a barbecue," as in this anecdote shared by Maureen Dowd, Mr. Friedman’s "closest friend on the paper" (per Mr. Parker):
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