This interview appeared on Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s website as a Writerhead Wednesday feature. Here’s a sample of Ned’s answer to a question about his writing process:
Which is not to say I don’t imagine. I do and much of what I love about the cultural history I write is that I get to spend long afternoons with Thurber and E. B. White in their little office at the New Yorker, smelling cigarette smoke and listening to the paper wads hit the metal trash can, or drinking with Dottie Parker and Bob Benchley at the Algonquin as we try to ignore the oogling tourists.