Finally cracked them.
ASTORIA, NYC- I can remember when I went to London for the launch of Ghost Cities in 2015 sitting in a dark pub on a dark rainy day feeling dejected. My publisher asked me to come to London to do two weeks of events and media appearances but when I got there it became clear that they hadn’t exactly had my schedule packed. We did a few incredible events, I did a few interviews, and then I was cut loose. I was on my own — the inevitable reality of the author.
So I put my head down and started trying to arrange some media engagements myself. I sent off emails to all the major papers that didn’t previously do a story on me (when I think about it now I should have just showed up at their offices). One of those papers that I queried was The Telegraph. I clearly remember drinking my beer and scanning their webpage for contact info.
They weren’t interested.
Five years later I get an email from a producer who worked for The Independent wondering if I’d be interested in being interviewed for a video feature that they were doing about the Belt and Road.
I thought of that dark empty bar on that dark rainy day in London and smiled. A little late but I take it.
I was off on a film project last week so we scheduled it for Sunday. I set up my cameras and audio equipment — good video for interviews isn’t generally expected but bad video bothers me. I talked with a pretty rad journalist who actually knew
something Central Asia — she studied the region in university. I talked for a while and formulated some takes on the Belt and Road that I haven’t yet expressed in an interview before. It came out today: