Jonathan Abrams

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Jonathan Abrams

Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Boys Among Men

He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. 

His recent book All the Pieces Matter tells the inside story of the acclaimed TV crime drama, The Wire.


Interviewed 13 October 2018

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Focus and put some damn words on the page, Jonathan.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Television, lamp, bed, tape recorder, computer, phone, balcony, window and cars.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Crab cake.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Barack and Michelle Obama, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Michael Jordan, Denzel Washington, Idris Elba and David Simon.

Six things you can't live without ...

Wife and two sons, my phone, NBA League Pass and my car.

Five favourite words ...

Serendipity, onomatopoeia, family, hello and payday.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Amalfi Coast, San Diego, Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

Three books you've bought recently ...

I Can’t Breathe by Matt Taibbi, Basketball and Other Things by Shea Serrano and We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Two things that make you rant ...

Being late and being obnoxious.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Believe in yourself.