Interviewing the Interviewers
The Studs Terkel Reader:
My American Century
by Studs Terkel
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BOOKFORUM: How do you prepare for your interviews with writers?
TERRY GROSS: I completely mark up the books I read. I circle everything I think is important or intriguing. I earmark just about every other page. My notes become a memory bank. I return to them to reflect on the book, and hopefully a picture emerges, like developing film, to guide me in the interview.
BF: What do you focus on when you speak with fiction writers? How do you avoid emphasizing the plot and giving too much away?
TG: I try not to get too involved in the intricacies of a novel because it's a world the listener isn't privy to. Instead, I try to stand back and try to see the larger sensibility of the book. It might be the author's sense of humor, the style of writing, observations the writer makes about the world. But then,
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