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EXCLUSIVE! 'Freakonomics' Author Stephen Dubner Tells Us It's Okay If Your Parents Name You Putrid!

Mon, October 4, 2010 7:50pm EDT by Add first Comment
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The author of the wildly successful pop-economics tome, and now film, offers some more of his fascinating insight on the red carpet for the film’s release!

He has examined the worlds of sumo wrestling, drug dealers, and the Ku Klux Klan in his wildly successful nonfiction novel Freakonomics, and now author Stephen Dubner is expounding upon his amazing ability to sink up pop culture and economics. spoke with Stephen at the premiere of the film and asked him how much weight a child’s name might carry in terms of swaying their college admissions and he told us, “I’d like to think that any college good enough to have a kid that you care about go to that college, it’s good enough to not be biased in a silly way against names. Then it absolutely shouldn’t matter. But there’s a difference between a name like, let’s say your parents names you Putrid, right? In the end it’s probably not going to be that big a problem because a) you can always change your name obviously but also as people get to know you they’ll say oh Putrid is great we love her! If however it’s a product of some kind and it’s named putrid or a tv show, they don’t have the chance to get you know you over the course of time so it matters more.”

The film version of the New York Times bestselling work brings together a long list of directors, each contributing a vignette to the final piece. Among those participating are Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, and Morgan Spurlock.

The film is currently in theaters in LA and NYC.

– Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina