September 4, 2008
Sarah Palin, Michael Chabon and the frozen chosen
It must be difficult being Jeffrey Goldberg.
He has essentially the best job in American journalism—and that is after leaving the New Yorker last year. He’s the author of a fantastic memoir on Muslims and Jews and the fight over the Land of Israel. He gets accused of torturing Palestinians by American cheerleaders for Hezbollah. And when he started a blog this spring, it immediately got the kind of traffic most of us daily sloggers only dream of, buoyed by Q&As with the high-profile person of his choice. He began with Barack Obama, then moved on to John McCain; yesterday he had a good conversation with Dexter Filkins about the dramatic turnaround in Iraq.
Today, he spoke again with the great Michael Chabon about—what else?—the governor of Alaska, the frozen Promised Land in “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.” (You’ve probably heard the governor’s name recently: it’s Sarah Palin.)
After the jump is an taped interview I did with Chabon last fall.