Mommy, Where Do New Yorker Profiles Come From

Nieman Storyboard has a new feature that explores how writers find their stories, and Adam Green’s tale about finding that amazing pickpocket includes this DELICIOUS DETAIL: “But the idea of a story about Apollo Robbins came from Ace Greenberg, the former chairman of Bear Stearns, a serious magic aficionado who hosts a monthly gathering at his apartment for the best magicians in New York and those who happen to be in town.” Anyway Greenberg met Robbins at a party at his house and the Greenberg told a New Yorker editor about him, who told Green. Also: Greenberg did a card trick for Jessica Pressler once. Magic.


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