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Martin Schneider writes:

I see that the New Yorker Festival blog has posted a few blind items pertaining to the featured personalities who will be appearing at the 2009 Festival in October. Here they are:

Which author said that her most famous short story took twice as long to write as a novel "because I had to imagine my way into the minds of two uneducated, rough-spoken, uninformed young men"?

Which young movie actor pretended to have different accents—"Italian, Russian, Irish"—when he worked at a McDonald's drive-thru?

This creator of an Emmy Award-winning drama was once a contestant on "Jeopardy!" (Answer in the form of a question, please.)

Any guesses? I figured out a couple of them, but I'd like to hear what you think. We're hearing that there'll be several more of these blind posts before the schedule is announced in September. Exciting!


I’m guessing the first is Annie Proulx, and the third is Matthew Weiner.

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