Know Your Atlantic Bloggers

As part of a continuing series here at Goldblog, LLC, we would like to introduce our rarefied readership to the latest blighted soul to take on a blog at the Atlantic, Joshua "Joshua" Green. Joshua came to The Atlantic on work-release from the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., where he was serving time for repeated violations of the Mann Act, as well as the Glass-Steagall Act and the Volstead Act. Before his most recent conviction, Joshua served as legislative director and traveling aide to former Rep. Eric Massa, and before that, as Iowa campaign manager for then-candidate Hillary Clinton. Joshua is also a recovering real-estate-pornography-addict, and a member of at least four 12-step groups (or one 48-step group).  Here are excerpts from our conversation:

Jeffrey: Do you like hummus?

Joshua: I love hummus. With carrots. But not nearly as much as my three-year-old loves hummus.

Jeffrey: What is your favorite Led Zeppelin song? Ta-Nehisi's is "The Battle of Evermore," but he is a terrible nerd.

Joshua: I don't listen to your music, Grandpa.

Jeffrey: What do you listen to? Kesha? Next question: How did you become such a real estate bore?

Joshua: It was encoded in my yuppie-Beltway-journalist DNA, along with a proclivity for Volvos and political groupthink.

Jeffrey: Michelle Malkin or Ann Coulter?

Joshua: Michelle Malkin for her keen insight into human nature; Ann Coulter for her tender heart.

Jeffrey: Mark Halperin or John Heilemann?

Joshua: Marc Ambinder

Jeffrey: Why does everyone think you're gay?

Joshua: Gays just wish I were gay. And your readers wish I were gay.  It's my chiseled physique. I can't help it. Plus, I play a lot of softball.

Jeffrey: Are you now, or have you ever been, Jewish?

Joshua: No, but my love of hummus ought to make me an honorary member of the tribe, don't you think? I've always assumed you're on the membership committee.

Jeffrey: Why do you deny your Jewishness?

Joshua: To withhold satisfaction from the folks who send me all that anti-Semitic hate mail.

Jeffrey: Do you now, and have you always, supported the Civil Rights Act?

Joshua: Yes, but I'm concentrating now mainly on eliminating the Federal Reserve.

Jeffrey: What are you going to do with your life after journalism dies?

Joshua: I've already learned a trade so I have something to fall back on.

Jeffrey: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Joshua: My inability to blog faster.

Jeffrey: What is the trait you most deplore in me?

Joshua: That you keep peppering me to answer all these questions for your blog. I need to find a distraction for you -- Hey, look over there, Jeff! Walt and Mearsheimer are making lists of Jews!

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.


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