On the Art of Interviewing

by Michael Krasny

I learned an important lesson interviewing David Byrne. He was (and is) an artist I respect and admire, but he was a terrible interview. Monosyllabic grunts were what I got from him as well as a clear indication that he simply did not want to be there, in the studio, being interviewed. Sometimes you can fire questions at someone and you realize you are dealing with an individual who simply will not or cannot open up. I had a similar problem with the actor Billy Dee Williams, and in both cases I took the chance of going to the elephant […]

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