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The Hanna and David show stopped by New York’s Maritime Hotel Wednesday night. That would be long-time couple Hanna Rosin, the Atlantic writer, and David Plotz, her husband and the editor of Slate. To promote Rosin’s new book, “The End of Men,” Plotz has been interviewing his wife before paying audiences. They play cute and neurotic like characters in a Jennifer Westfeldt movie.
“Why are you smirking at me?” Plotz said. “I am Charlie Rose-ing you more than last night.” The couple had appeared Tuesday night at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington.
Rosin: “It’s weird. You’re my husband and you’re Charlie Rose-ing me.” When Plotz considered the idea of going back to college, Rosin snarked, “That would be a sad Judd Apatow movie.”
If the Atlantic had covered the Q&A, it would have walked away with one of its trademark counter-intuitive stories: “Are media couples making regular marriages look bad?”
At $13 a ticket, Wednesday’s appearance was not “A.E.G. Presents Frank Rich” in conversation with Fran Lebowitz, but they didn’t do half-bad. Rosin’s not been having a hard time drawing interested readers. After seven years writing lengthy think-pieces for the Atlantic, she’s having a banner 2012. The book is getting raves, inspiring columns, and stoking interest even at the “Today Show,” where Plotz and Rosin took their double-act Thursday morning.
The New Republic’s Frank Foer courted her after returning as editor. The tiny ideas journal, an Atlantic competitor, holds a dear place for the writer; it was her first magazine. But the timing for such a move was off.
“I was about to launch a book. Slate was sponsoring a party for me. The Atlantic was having a party for me in DC. It seemed like a really weird time for me to make any kind of decision like that and I basically put it off and couldn’t deal with it,” she said.
After her book tour she intends on continuing her duties at the Atlantic, where she’s on contract, and Slate, home to her DoubleX podcast. She said ideas magazines have an easier time thriving online because they’re driven by conceptual scoops.
“You’re taking something that’s in the public conversation but you’re spending months exploring every angle,” she says. “Blog culture has a hard time digesting narratives but it has an easy time digesting big ideas pieces. You could literally not have read one word of one of my pieces in the Atlantic and write a blog post about it.”