Stephen J. Dubner
Stephen J. Dubner is the bestselling author of Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family and Confessions of a Hero Worshiper. His latest book is the massively successful Freakonomics, with Steven D. Levitt.
Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner are the double act behind the bestselling Freakonomics, which stormed the into the Top Ten book charts in 2005. As the paperback is launched, we caught up with the duo and quizzed them to see if their compatibly extends beyond writing...
Which of the following do you prefer?
Hardbacks or paperbacks?
Steven Levitt: Paperbacks
Stephen Dubner: Hardbacks, in a jam, they make good weapons
Numbers or words?
L: Numbers, of course
D: Words, though I am fond of the numbers 7, 23, and 32.
Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton?
D: To watch a football game, Rice (she's a big fan); to have dinner with, Clinton.
Theatre or cinema?
D: My biggest worry about the theater is that, if I'm bored or displeased, the actors will see my face and be discouraged, which is a completely unrealistic and narcissistic fear, I know, but one which leads me to give cinema the slight edge.
Newspapers or online
D: N.Y. Times on paper (I like the ads); everything else online.
Tony Blair or Gordon Brown?
L.: Tony Blair
D: Brown was the keynote speaker at the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award -- which, although "Freakonomics" lost out, was well worth attending since I got to hear Brown speak. I'd like to take oratory lessons from him.
TV or radio?
L: TV, especially reality TV
D: I love both, but there is more TV that I love than radio.
Summer or winter?
Pound or Euro?
Red wine or white wine?
D: Never, ever, ever, ever white.
Steven or Stephen?
L: Steven, obviously!
D: Stephen, obviously!