James Verini is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. His new book is They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate.
“War is mostly down time. War is mostly waiting around for something to happen.”
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Verini's archive on Longform
Longform Podcast #147: James Verini
[4:19] They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate (W.W. Norton • 2019)
[12:12] “The Prosecutor and the President” (The New York Times Magazine • 2016)
[37:11] Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Journalist James Verini offers a first-hand account of the 2017 battle to drive ISIS from Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. The fighting left thousands dead, and the oldest part of the city in ruin: "The west side looked as though some vengeful deity had wiped his hand across the city. It was miles and miles of rubble." His new book is 'They Will Have to Die Now.' Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the psychological thriller 'The Lighthouse,' starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.
James Verini, a freelance writer based out of Nairobi, won the 2015 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.
“That is probably the most alien, jarring thing about working in Africa: life is much cheaper. More to the point, death is very close to you. We're very removed from death here. Someone can die at 89 in their sleep here and it's called a tragedy. In Africa, I find that I'm often exposed to it. That's part of why I wanted to live there.”
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Verini on Longform
[1:00] "Love and Ruin" (The Atavist Magazine • Feb 2014
[2:00] "Escape or Die: Capture by Somali Pirates" (New Yorker • Apr 2015)
[5:00] "Hostage Support Programme"
[10:00] "Close Your Heart" (Slate • Sep 2014)
[27:00] Homebody/Kabul (Tony Kushner)
[31:00] Verini's New York Observer archive
[32:00] "Will Success Spoil MySpace.com? " (Vanity Fair • Mar 2006)
[33:00] Verini's Portfolio archive
[34:00] "The Pirate Pose" (Tom Wolfe • Portfolio • Apr 2007)
[35:00] "Putin's Power Grab" (Portfolio • Nov 2007)
[40:00] Luke Mogelson's archive on Longform
[46:00] "The War for Nigeria" (National Geographic • Nov 2013)