Larissa MacFarquhar

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Larissa MacFarquhar
Born1968 (age 52–53)
London, England
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Period1998-present
SpousePhilip Gourevitch
RelativesRoderick MacFarquhar (father)

Larissa MacFarquhar is an American writer known for her profiles in The New Yorker.

She is the daughter of the sinologist Roderick MacFarquhar.[1] She was born in London and moved to the United States at the age of 16.[2]

MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998[3] and has written profiles on Barack Obama, Derek Parfit, Hilary Mantel, Robert Gottlieb, Richard Posner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chelsea Manning and Aaron Swartz, among others.[4] Her 2015 book Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help explores the motivations of people who take altruism to extremes. She is married to the writer Philip Gourevitch.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • MacFarquhar, Larissa (2016). Strangers Drowning : Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help. Penguin Books. ISBN 0143109782.

Essays and reporting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perlez, Jane (February 12, 2019). "Roderick MacFarquhar, Eminent China Scholar, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Wolf, David (October 17, 2015). "Larissa MacFarquhar interview: 'People think I'm a total freak for not using the first person'". The Guardian. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Larissa MacFarquhar: What is Family, What are Strangers?". Stanford Humanities. March 6, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Larissa MacFarquhar". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Online version is titled "The mind-expanding ideas of Andy Clark".

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