Lawrence Wright

We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and playwright Lawrence Wright. His new play on the life of Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci premieres at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre this week. Fallaci, who died in 2006, was well-known for her controversial interviewing style. She once threw her chador off in protest while speaking with Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini. Wright himself is no stranger to controversy. His latest book “Going Clear” is an in-depth investigation into Scientology and its ties to Hollywood. We’ll talk about the fallout from the book and discuss how Fallaci influenced Wright’s own journalistic work.

Lawrence Wright, writer for The New Yorker, author of "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" and of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" and playwright of "Fallaci"

  • thucy

    Great guest. I always wanted to read Fallaci’s bio of Panagoulis, but her anti-Islamic statements made me wary of her journalistic objectivity.

  • Beth Grant DeRoos

    The Scientology buildings have a Christian cross on the top, yet they are anything but Christian in any of their beliefs. Why the cross?

  • Lucas

    Scientology’s beliefs aren’t inherently any more insane than any other religion’s. The difference is timeline: I’ve always been fascinated that it’s a religion that was invented within the last century, in an age where folks should really be able to see through the con.

    • Chris OConnell

      With the story of Xenu bringing billions to earth and blowing them up with hydrogen bombs at volcano sites, I think it is a little more insane than other religions. It’s just a matter of degree, though.

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