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Born: 1969-12-27
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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We go in to liberate Cuba, but Cuba still isn't free; we don't really think through what we'll do after the initial treaty is signed, but we're still occupying. There's chaos and torture and finally an outcry.

Tags: After, Chaos, Free

What are you hiding? No one ever asks that.

Tags: Asks, Hiding

While I gave up God a long time ago, I never shook the habit of wanting to believe in something. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Tags: Happiness, Life, Time

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Robert Lincoln bought a nice ski lodge.

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One night last summer, all the killers in my head assembled on a stage in Massachusetts to sing show tunes.

Tags: Last, Night, Show

Assassins and presidents invite the same basic question: Just who do you think you are?

Tags: Assassins, Basic, Question

History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting.

Tags: Good, History, Reason

I seem to have no problem revealing my crush on the man who murdered Lincoln.

Tags: Crush, Problem, Seem

I was a big Nancy Drew reader. Nancy figures it out. Case closed.

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I'm a big fan of editing and keeping only the interesting bits in.

Tags: Big, Fan, Keeping

In death, you get upgraded into a saint no matter how much people hated you in life.

Tags: Death, Life, Matter

Jesus and Lincoln, Moses and Jefferson can seem so long gone, so unbelievable, so dead.

Tags: Dead, Gone, Jesus

Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. Then again, he said that before he got shot.

Tags: Again, Said, Stronger

Most people don't like to talk about violent historical death.

Tags: Death, Historical, Talk

My audience is going to die before I do.

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Relics are treasured as something close to the divine.

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The one time I was an actor, it happened to be in a globally dominant juggernaut. That was lucky.

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The whole point of Louis Armstrong is that no one can really figure him out. There was a while where I thought you could try.

Tags: Him, Thought, Try

I didn't come from any kind of academic background, but I lived in a college town and I knew people who weren't without pretense. There was this idea in the town that if something was European it would be good.

Tags: College, Good, Idea

I discovered that Robert Todd Lincoln was there for each of the first three assassinations. I wanted to write about the Lincoln Memorial, so when I found out he had attended its dedication, that helped focus it further.

Tags: Focus, Wanted, Write

I get younger people who watch Conan or The Daily Show, but before that it was mostly people who knew me from public radio. Those people are kind of old.

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I hated the lost colony; in second grade, we were doing American History, and they said, We don't know what happened to them. That drove me nuts. That lost colony drove me crazy.

Tags: Crazy, History, Lost

I loved that these two guys argued with each other as if movies actually mattered. Nobody I knew talked about movies that way, but Siskel and Ebert took each movie as it came and talked about whether it was a success on its own terms.

Tags: Loved, Movies, Success
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Not that I want the current president killed. I will, for the record and for the FBI agent assigned to read this and make sure I mean no harm, clearly state that while I am obsessed with death, I am against it.

Tags: Against, Death, Mean

Part of the success of This American Life, I think, is due to the fact that none of us sound like we should be on the radio. We don't sound professional; we sound like people you would know.

Tags: American, Life, Success

The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Civil War-when I really think about them they all seem about as likely as the parting of the Red Sea.

Tags: Parting, Sea, Seem