alain elkann interviews

LITERATURE AND EDUCATION

Tamara Chalabi

Life in Iraq today is archaic and dysfunctional - and on show at the 57th Venice Biennale. Tamara Chalabi is co-founder and Chair of the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq. She is co-curator of Archaic at the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 57th...

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Gilles Kepel

In this August 2016 interview Gilles Kepel said: "I believe that the French political class must overcome its present state of mediocrity, and I hope that next year we will elect a President who is up to dealing with so many challenges." We republish the interview in...

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Athene Donald

The physicist at the head of Cambridge University's Churchill College has concerns about Brexit. Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS is Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, where she is Master of Churchill College. She served as the University...

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Antoine Gallimard

Antoine Gallimard is President of Éditions Gallimard and the Madrigall Group, which is the third largest French publishing group. Your grandfather Gaston Gallimard was one of the founders of La Nouvelle Revue Française, in order to please some of his friends, among...

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Robert B. Silvers

Robert Benjamin Silvers, editor, was born 31 December 1929; sadly, he died 20 March 2017. We republish this interview from April 2014 in his memory. May he rest in Peace. Robert B. Silvers is Editor of The New York Review of Books. The offices of The New York Review...

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Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker is Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief between 2009 and 2013. Previously, he was U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London. In 1994, he joined the Financial Times as Tokyo...

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Laurent Le Bon

Laurent Le Bon is Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Musée National Picasso. Your previous career was as a Professor and a curator, and now you are the Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris. What is the right profile for the director of an institution...

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Jean d’Ormesson

Very sadly Jean d'Ormesson died on December 5th 2017. We send our condolences to his family and republish this interview in his memory. "The real victim of populism is democracy." Various countries of the world are living in a situation of increasing populism. In...

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Paolo Sorrentino

"Cinema alleviates the pain that comes from solitude." Paolo Sorrentino is an Academy Award winning film director and screenwriter. For the first time he has made a television serial, ‘The Young Pope’ produced by Sky Atlantic, HBO and Canal+. It has had great success,...

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Tom Stoppard

The interview with Tom Stoppard took place in the coffee lounge of the National Theatre London in a break in rehearsal of his new play “The Hard Problem”. Your new play “The Hard Problem” opens at the National Theatre on January 31st, 2015. The Director is Nicholas...

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Amit Sood

Combatting stress, the global epidemic of the 21st Century. Dr. Amit Sood was born and raised in Bhopal, India. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and he is committed to decreasing suffering and increasing happiness. Dr. Sood is the author of The Mayo...

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Peter Lantos

We republish this Classic Interview in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. The interview with Peter Lantos took place at the London Library in St James's Square in London.  He is a Holocaust survivor from Hungary and has lived in London for 45 years. He writes...

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Patrick Kinmonth

“...a rare thing, a true renaissance man.” Anna Wintour, Vogue Italia Patrick Kinmonth is an Anglo-Irish opera director and designer, filmmaker, writer, painter, interior designer, art editor, creative director and exhibition curator. He is widely known for his many...

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Caterina de Renzis Sonnino

LIVING HISTORY TO SUSTAIN THE FUTURE. The de Renzis Sonnino family has been living in the Castello di Montespertoli since the beginning of the 19th Century. The arrival of Alessandro and Caterina de Renzis Sonnino and their children in 1987 marked the start of a new...

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Anthony d’Offay

The interview with the distinguished art dealer and philanthropist Anthony d’Offay takes place in his elegant first floor office on London’s Dering Street, an historic wood-panelled room where he works with his young assistant. Downstairs is Postcard Teas, a shop...

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Rupert Everett

The interview with the actor and author Rupert Everett was made in The Colbert, a French-style café on London’s Sloane Square. Everett recently returned to London from Europe, where he was filming The Happy Prince, his Oscar Wilde biopic. Later on Rupert was going to...

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Mario Vargas Llosa

The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, in Italy to present his new book The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, wanders through the streets of Rome and comes into the bookstore. "It seems as if only women buy books. I have counted some 18 people in this bookshop, and only...

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Bruce Ginsberg

On the Road with Zen and Tea. Bruce Ginsberg is a South African farmer’s son and a Zen practitioner for 50 years who has immersed himself in Asian cultures and made a life journey through tea. He was Chairman of the Buddhist Society Trust from 1991-2012 and served on...

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Magdi Yacoub

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, OM, FRS, Founder and President of Chain of Hope, is one of the world’s greatest, and most famous, surgeons. Born in Egypt in 1935, he studied medicine in Cairo and then London, becoming a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Harefield...

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Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels such as 'The Buddha of Suburbia' and 'Intimacy', story collections, plays and screenplays. 'The Buddha of Suburbia' was made into a BBC TV series with a soundtrack by David Bowie. 'My Beautiful Laundrette',  a story about a gay...

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Prosper Assouline

Assouline: The luxury brand where everything is about style. Prosper Assouline and his wife Martine have a magnificent office on the 27th floor of a Park Avenue building. From their windows you can see in front of you the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building...

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Corinne Flick

Dr. Corinne Michaela Flick studied both law and literature, and is Founder and Chair of the Convoco! Foundation. Dr. Flick is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute Germany, Co-Founder of the Friends of the Bavarian State Library, Munich, and a member...

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Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love You are quite eclectic and your work has ranged from documentary films, to banking, to philanthropy, to biography, and now to a novel. Why do you think you have many different facets? I have that kind of restless, inquisitive mind. It’s...

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Paula Rego

Paula Rego was born in Lisbon in 1935 and has traveled between London and Portugal throughout her life. She studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, and her career as an artist spans half a century. Originally commissioned for the exhibition Spellbound (1996)...

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Natalia Indrimi

Primo Levi opened a universal platform with his reflections on human nature. You are the Director and one of the founding members of the Primo Levi Center in New York. What is the purpose of this center? The Center was born in 1998 to sustain the conversation and...

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Ik-Joong Kang

Artists are the leaders of the 21st Century. Ik-Joong Kang is one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists. His works are poignant symbols of hope for reunification, particularly of North and South Korea. This September at Robilant+Voena’s...

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Eike Schmidt

“In Florence exhibitions on old masters are more successful than exhibitions on contemporary artists!” Eike Schmidt was appointed Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Culture. He is the first non-Italian to be...

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Doja Purkit

"In the USA we are recognised as a food supplement and as a provider of massage. Ayurvedic medicine is the medicine of comfort, leading to cure and preservation of life." Dr Doja Purkit, MD BSc DSc MBRCP is an Ayurvedic doctor who gained his degrees in India at Jaipur...

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Julian Fellowes

"People Pray For My Characters." Did you think Downton Abbey would be such a success? No. The received truth at the time of the film "Gosford Park" was that the audience had gone. It was one of those fabulously inaccurate prophecies that show business...

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Ruth Direktor

Ruth Direktor is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA). Can you describe your Museum and its permanent collection? The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a museum of modern and contemporary art, the oldest art museum in Israel. It was founded in...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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