ED: You say you cover the “nexus of business and society?” What the **** is that?
MAHA: My background is in business journalism, but I try to write about business subjects for general interest readers and with a focus on the bigger picture. For example. I enjoy covering
–U.S. regulatory policy, from antitrust law to carbon caps
–International political economy, especially in the Middle East and South Asia
–The technology sector as a catalyst for social, cultural or political change
–The politics and economics of natural resource industries, like energy and mining
–Corporate philanthropy, social enterprise and economic development
ED: I think you made this beat up.
MAHA: Actually, I stole it from Max Weber.
ED: You arrogant blowhard. Besides Weber, whom do you read?
MAHA: I’m a devoted reader of 19th century fiction, which was often journalism in disguise. In particular, I admire the attention to detail in the works of Dickens and Balzac. We remember them as crusaders using narrative as polemic, or as as stylists using prose as ornament, but their most important tool was observation. In this age of infotainment, reporters could learn a great deal from them.
ED: What do you do when you’re not newshounding?
MAHA: I run, mostly in Central Park, though also along the East River. I cook, and I bake, which are not the same thing. I look for good wines. I watch professional sports. I’m an obsessive Yankee fan, and a follower of club and international soccer. Oh, and I do crosswords.
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