Original Minds

This book collects Eleanor Wachtel's conversations with some of the most influential thinkers of our time.

Eleanor Wachtel


To mark the dawn of the new millennium, Writers & Company host Eleanor Wachtel talked to some of the most influential thinkers of our time — people who have forever changed their area of specialty and influenced the world around them. As she writes in her introduction, "I wanted to interview people who had shaped the last century and whose influence would continue into the next... I hoped to have wide-ranging conversations with some of the most inspiring men and women of our time, people who've made a difference." Original Minds presents 16 thought-provoking interviews, with people ranging from the former archbishop of South Africa, Desmond Tutu and feminist activist Gloria Steinem to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci and writer Susan Sontag. 

Author interviews

During the summer the weekly bonus streaming audio will feature some of the best shows from our archives. This week Eleanor's 2001 conversation with feminist icon Gloria Steinem.
Eleanor Wachtel's 2000 conversation with the late American writer and critic Susan Sontag about fiction, ethics, and illness.