The New York Times profiles PEN World Voices Festival director Laszlo Jakab Orsos via its Asked and Answered feature:
NYT: One of the least pretentious people circulating in the literary world, Orsos is determined to show, with this festival, that literature is an everyday occurrence. (Guests at the Standard this week, for example, will find a great American classic in their nightstand, donated by Housing Works, instead of a Bible.) Before taking the reins at PEN, Orsos was the director of the Hungarian Cultural Center, and he currently sits on the Open Society Institute’s arts and culture board, overseeing projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Of Gypsy descent (“I don’t understand why we need this P.C. term, ‘Roma,’” he says), he’s now settled in Brooklyn Heights.