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Published:May 17th, 2007 08:48 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Dr. Robert Kanigel, Author of Faux Real

Judyth Piazza chats with Dr. Robert Kanigel, Author of Faux Real

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

I live and work in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I`m a professor at MIT. And I write books, sometimes on quirky topics, like leather and its inspired imitators; that`s the subject of my latest book, Faux Real, out this spring.

I`ve also written about the French Riviera; the Indian mathematician Ramanujan; the first efficiency expert, Frederick Winslow Taylor; and about mentor relationships among elite scientists.

Before I started writing books in the mid-1980s, I wrote magazine articles, essays, and reviews, hundreds of them. But once I started with books I couldn`t get enough of them -- loved those great big projects that took me into new intellectual and physical worlds and demanded all my best energies for the three or four years it took to research and write them.

What draws me to each new subject? Are there patterns to discern among them? Probably so. It would be strange if there weren`t; the same person is writing them, right? But I don`t worry about it much. I just like doing the work. It`s all I want to do, so I just keep on keeping on.

The new book, Faux Real, took me to Cincinnati, Maine, Tuscany and Sardinia; to tanneries, vinyl factories, and the New English Fetish Fair; introduced me to the immortal lyrics of the Fabrikoid Yell, and to the creators of Corfam and Ultrasuede. My next book may take me to an island off the west coast of Ireland.

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