Chris Hayes And Ta-Nehisi Coates In Conversation

Just to deliver on a promise made in a thread last week, here’s the video of Hayes and Coates talking about Twilight of the Elites at MIT last week.

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The whole evening was great, but I have to confess that while I have very little of the fan left in me at my doddering age, it was a true thrill to meet none other than Charles Pierce after the show. This just about captures my reaction.

We only had a few minutes to chat, but I can tell you that his gift for ornate invective is as present in conversation as its is on the page; I wish I could recall his crack about Eric Fehrnstrom (whom he knew when they were both reporters at the Boston Herald) well enough to transcribe it for you.

You shoulda been there.

22 replies
  1. 1
    Culture of Truth says:

    Hey, some people might have that reaction if they met Tom Levenson.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Culture of Truth: They’d be sadly disappointed.

    But thanks for that very kind thought.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Has a front pager ever before bigfooted his or her own post?

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    Maude says:

    @Tom Levenson:
    You’re still a hottie.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I seek unmet challenges…

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    MikeJ says:

    I don’t dislike Pierce, but I’d have a lesser reaction.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tom Levenson: you got in with a reply before I could add “while arguably sober” to my question.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Am I the only homosekshul here who thinks Chris Hayes is the sexy?

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    eemom says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Dunno about that, but you wouldn’t be the only middle aged woman with a Mrs. Robinson complex, that’s fer sure.

    He’s totally scrumptious.

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    Josie says:

    @eemom: I feel much better now. I thought I was the only old lady who felt that way and was a little embarrassed about it.

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    TooManyJens says:

    Cher thinks he’s dreamy. I’m with Cher.

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    slag says:

    Only about 20 minutes into the conversation I’m surprisingly impressed. When I saw Hayes pitching his book at our local Townhall, I and my friends were a bit underwhelmed. But so far, TNC has brilliantly bounded and directed the discussion in such a way that the problems in Hayes’s argument are nicely contained and manageable. TNC channels what could have been a blase intro-level survey of a topic into a substantive disquisition grounded in history and meaning. He’s good.

  13. 13

    Thanks for posting this: I had planned on attending when you posted about it last week (I work but a few blocks away), but for various reasons I had to miss it.

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    Amanda says:

    You shoulda been there.

    You’re killing me, here. I was one of the approx. 500 people turned away from this event — which was bad enough — and now you’re telling me Charlie Pierce was there too?!?! Aargh does not suffice…

    That said thank you for posting the video, very much appreciated. Looking forward to watching it with my dinner :-)

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    nancydarling says:

    @Josie: @eemom: I luvs me some Chris Hayes, too. He should be in the running for sexiest man alive. He is my son’s age, and no, I’m not embarrassed. Nothing wrong with window shopping.

    Thanks for putting this up, Tom. Chris’s show has me back in the habit of Sunday AM tv—and his mind is the most attractive thing about him. I love that he is willing to grasp the nettle on really hard issues, too.

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    @nancydarling: I don’t actually get up to watch it, but DVR it every weekend and love it. Between Hayes and Maddow, MSNBC is building a pretty great foundation for the future. They actually write books that I want to read, conduct great interviews and do segments on alot of topics that you don’t always see on the MSM. They seem like two of the smartest people on tv, and are also generally likable.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:


    I don’t dislike Pierce, but I’d have a lesser reaction.

    Go ahead, be a douchebag.

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    rh says:

    Did anyone else catch Chris praising a (I think fairly unpopular around here, but I’m a fan) occasional Balloon Juice blogger?

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    driftglass says:

    Sounds like a blast.

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    Hattie says:

    I’m an old lady Chris groupie who has even been able to talk to him on a couple of occasions. In person! (faints)

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    @rh: Yes, but to be fair he also equated Freddie with David Brooks.

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    Doug says:

    The title of this post should be “Chris Hayes and Ta-Nehisi Coates Conversating.”

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