Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Jessica Pearce Rotondi & Said Sayrafiezadeh


Today: war on the other side of the world; war across three decades (and also on the other side of the world; conservation; extinction; first thoughts vs. what we say; jungles; craters; Duane Reade. Jessica Pearce Rotondi reads from her book-in-progress, What We Inherit, and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh reads his essay, “War and Duane Reade.”

Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Also discussed: Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, and the Audubon Society laying the smackdown with rhetorical analysis and the ethical use of evidence.

If you’d like to read more

By Jessica

  • “MIA Vietnam Soldier Laid To Rest 36 Years After Disappearance“ (Huffington Post)
  • “The Note That Brought Me to My Knees” (Huffington Post)
  • all her work at The Huffington Post

By Saïd

  • “My Mother’s Psychotherapy — and Mine” (The New York Times)
  • “Last Meal at Whole Foods” (The New Yorker)
  • “A Brief Encounter With the Enemy” (The New Yorker)

About the Writers

Jessica Pearce Rotondi is Senior Lifestyle Blog Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was Associate Editor of HuffPost Women and Social Media Manager at the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest literary human rights organization. She served on the board of the Young to Publishing Group and her first job in New York was as a publicist at St. Martin’s Press, where she had a “room of her own” in the Flatiron Building to fill with books. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she received a research grant to conduct an oral history project on World War II. She is currently at work on her first nonfiction book, What We Inherit, about her family’s 36-year search to bring her missing uncle home from The Vietnam War. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Find her on Twitter @JessicaRotondi, Instagram (JessicaRotondi), and LinkedIn.

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of the story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize, and the critically acclaimed memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York Times. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous anthologies. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Saïd serves on the board of directors for the New York Foundation for the Arts and teaches at Hunter College and New York University, where he received a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award.

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