Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for The New Yorker. "The Really Big One," her article about the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.
“I can tell you in absolute sincerity: I didn't realize I was writing a scary story. Obviously I know the earthquake is going to be terrifying, and that our lack of preparedness is genuinely really scary. But, as I think often happens as a reporter, you toggle between professional happiness, which is sometimes, frankly, even professional glee—you’re just so thrilled you’re getting what you’re getting—and then the sort of more human and humane response, which comes every time you really set down your pen and think about what it is you’re actually reporting about.”
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- Schulz on Longform
- [04:15] Schulz’s book criticism for New York
- [07:45] Grist
- [08:15] "The Really Big One" (New Yorker • Jul 2015)
- [29:15] "Citizen Khan" (New Yorker • Jun 2016)
- [33:15] Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (Ecco • 2010)
- [35:30] "On being wrong" (TED • Mar 2011)
- [38:45] "Group Think" (New York • Mar 2011)
- [45:30] "How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes" (New Yorker • Jul 2015)
- [55:45] Dwight Garner’s Archive at The New York Times