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Thursday, June 02, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Judge Sol Wachtler

imageJudge Sol Wachtler once held the highest judicial office in New York state—chief judge of the Court of Appeals. He was arrested in 1992, and sentenced to 13 months of imprisonment in a federal mental health prison unit. He’s spent the last two decades quietly rebuilding his life, writing a memoir about his time in prison, and getting his law license back.

On June 7 he’ll stop by 92YTribeca to share insight into his bout with mental illness, his rehabilitation and the steps he has taken to rebuild his life.

We sent him the Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about his culture and media consumption habits. He made quick work of it. His favorite websites? “None.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

The New York Times, MSNBC.

What are your favorite websites?


How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?

Not at all.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?

The Dead Shall Rise (Oney), The Wizard of Lies (Henriques).

What magazines do you subscribe to?

The New Yorker, New York.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?

“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk.”

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?

Il Trovatore.

What’s the last music purchase you made?

Joan Baez Album on Itunes.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?

John Bachelor on ABC.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?

A Corot.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?

Upstate New York.

Judge Sol Wachtler is at 92YTribeca on June 7 for When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens… But It’s Hell in the Hallway

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