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Good News
« on: February 25, 2009, 09:37:50 AM »

First, as I have alluded to when we first started up the site, one of my ideas to make this forum one of a kind is to try to get noted public figures who may have a book or something else to pitch, to either make special appearances here or answer a few questions by email which I would then post here on the site. 

To that end, I hope to debut a new feature called "5 Questions To.." soon. As the title implies, it will be 5 or so questions directed to public figures from time to time. Lately I have been busy behind the scenes trying to line up a couple of people. Believe me, just coming up with 5 good insightful, intriguing questions to try and challenge someone who has never heard of you into answer them isnt easy.

Well, yesterday I heard back from the person who I was hoping to get as the first interview subject - the incomparable Christopher Hitchens. He didn't commit to doing it but he is open to the idea of doing something in April when his book hits paperback and he goes on a book PR tour. Hopefully then he will find a well read, targeted audience here along with the potential for a few of you to buy his book and be persuaded to tackle the questions I have for him. Buy his book if he does something with us! It was already #1 in the NY Times Bestsellers list.

I don't think that any public figure out there captures the spirit of this forum more than Mr. Hitchens. He is always up for a good discussion and debate and doesn't pull any punches nor does he shy away from any controversial topics. For those not familiar with him, here he is on my favorite YouTube clip the day that Jerry Falwell died..




If you have suggestions for good questions to ask him, post them here. Also, if there is another interesting personality who can reached by email and you think would make a good interview subject, post their home page here along with some questions or areas to ask questions about and I will try to get in touch with them.
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Re: Good News
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009, 01:55:39 PM »

Sweet.

Where do all of my odd socks go ?  Are they fundamentalist insurgent socks hell bent on waging an under garment jihad from a hidden drawer somewhere  :wheelchair:
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Re: Good News
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2009, 04:53:50 PM »

Seems like an interesting guy, i'm gonna have to do a little bit of research if he's gonna come on here for questioning.

I really wish he didn't look like a child molester though.  :shrug:

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Re: Good News
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2009, 05:50:04 PM »

Hold on, I dont want to give the impression that he will signing up here and fielding questions from scousers like you.  :lol:

If he does, that would be way beyond my expectations. I mentioned doing the 5 question interview with him and also invited him to respond directly here and he replied that he was open to doing something in April when he will be "shamelessly selling" his paperback. I need to contact him around that time.

The fact that he was receptive to plugging his book here when it comes out on paperback has me much more optimistic than i previously was. It's all about quid pro quo and timing.

If we get enough people here together who are interested in what an author has to say and who are potential consumers of their books, it would make business sense for them to stop by here, say a few words while plugging their books or answer a few of my questions while I plug their wares to our captive audience. That's how late night tv shows got started.





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Re: Good News
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2009, 06:05:44 PM »

Hold on, I dont want to give the impression that he will signing up here and fielding questions from scousers like you.  :lol:

Alright, if he does show up live i promise not to demand a fiver to look after his car whilst he's here ok?

That's about as hospitable as i get.  :vc:
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Re: Good News
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Re: Good News
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009, 11:25:09 PM »

More Christopher Hitchens, this directly to the point of his book which he will be shamelessly selling in April, hopefully including here at TRF..

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Re: Good News
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2009, 12:16:43 AM »

I'll totally buy his book- although his view on female comedians was correct even if being female I shouldn't have agreed with it. PSH!
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