Person, Place, Thing

Here is a somewhat unusual media appearance I did recently: on Randy Cohen’s “Person Place Thing” show, live at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Randy is a writer and humorist, known especially as the author of The Ethicist column in The New York Times Magazine between 1999 and 2011, though he is also the author of several books, and a playwright.

The idea of the show is that he asks his guests to pick one person, one place, and one thing — not necessarily connected to each other — that have been particularly meaningful or impactful for them, and use those three items as the topic of conversation during the show. My picks were:

Person: Epictetus

Place: Delphi

Thing: a copy of Bertrand Russell’s autobiography that I read when I was a teenager.

Enjoy the show!

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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

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