When Remnick Met Putin

From a terrific “Ask the Author” session with New Yorker editor David Remnick, who’s got a piece on Putin and Russia in the current issue:

QUESTION FROM MITCH DANEEL: Have you ever met Putin or Medvedev? If so, what were they like?

DAVID REMNICK: I was at a small dinner and sat next to Putin. One word: forbidding. Another: steely. I think it is fair to say he is the least sentimental soul it has been my pleasure to meet.

I find these Ask the Author series great fun — super-informed and engaging writers thinking smartly on their feet. Back in November, I actually posed a question to Remnick, who was taking part in a live chat about the Republican candidates. The whole thing happened too quickly: my question got through, Remnick responded, and I regretted not asking something more interesting.