Weaving the Threads of Their Lives

June 8, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

As a war correspondent in Iraq, George Packer’s reports for The New Yorker often included interviews with ordinary Iraqis, a technique he learned as a 20-something volunteer for the Peace Corps. “I learned how to approach people with whom I had almost nothing in common and draw out the thread of their lives,” said Packer, recalling his time in a remote village in Togo, West Africa. Packer, the author of two novels and four books of non-fiction, including the award-winning “The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq” (2005), spoke at “The Art of the Feature Essay,” at the Graduate Center, along with fellow New Yorker contributors Paul Goldberger, Jane Kramer and Daniel Mendelsohn.
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