Immersing Oneself in a Place to Tell Its Story Right

In this episode of The Intelligent Community, ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla speaks with Craig Taylor, best-selling author of Londoners and, most recently, New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time. To tell the story of New York City post-9/11 and -COVID, Craig lived in New York City for over 5 years and immersed himself in the city’s extraordinary soup. New Yorkers is a series of interviews with 200 people from every class, race and corner of the city. Craig came away amazed at The Big Apple and says, “A New York life well lived is an accomplishment like no other.”

Craig Taylor is a Canadian-born author of four books: New Yorkers, Londoners, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain and Return to Akenfield. He has written multiple reviews for the New York Times Book Review and also serves as an editor for Five Dials, a magazine published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books. Five Dials features new fiction, poetry, illustrations, reportage, long interviews, very short interviews, dispatches from London and abroad, ads, ads that don’t look like ads and archival work culled from the Hamish Hamilton backlist and, sometimes, the deep Penguin archives. You can learn more about Craig and his work at


Louis Zacharilla
Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum. Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Intelligent Community Awards program. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at conferences and events.
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