22 December 2011


I've known for a while that the Foer family is ridiculously cool.  Franklin Foer was the editor of The New Republic for six years and one of their best writers, and remains an editor-at-large.  He has also written some great pieces for New York and Slate.  His brother is Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals, the book that finished for me what Peter Singer's Animal Liberation started, and whose Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is being made into a new movie after the success of the adaptation of his Everything Is Illuminated.  Another brother is Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein, an account of his experiences as a "Memory Champion" of competitive memorization.

But if that's not enough, there's now a new profile out in the NYT about their father, Albert A. Foer, a crusading anti-trust lawyer who has spent his life fighting monopolies and who recently managed to stymie AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile.

Goddamnit it, Foers!  Give some of the rest of us a chance!

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