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A New York Times reporter was recently confronted with a nightmare scenario: How does one interview a master interviewer?
David Marchese has been interviewing celebrities for a living for a while, and over time he has became something of a celebrity himself, at least in journalism circles. Mr. Marchese has a reputation not only for drawing out startling quotes from his subjects — Quincy Jones, Sarah Silverman and Alex Trebek among them — but for creating holistic, often intimate portraits of the inner lives of boldface names.
Mr. Marchese recently joined The New York Times Magazine, where his work will appear in the newly refurbished Talk column. His debut interview, with the actress Meg Ryan, appears in this week’s magazine. The Times reporter eventually mastered his fears and spoke with Mr. Marchese about his work and how he does it.
I’ll start with the big question: Why interviews, as opposed to other story forms?
I had struggled in the past to find ways to creatively frame people in the traditional profile format. Meaning: You start with a scene, explain why the person is relevant in the culture and then offer supporting quotes from people that know them. I just feel like there are a lot of other writers who are much more capable than I am of figuring out how to do that in fresh ways.
Then there are people who are geniuses at trying to pin down a subject on a specific line of thinking or get their specific position on an issue. It's a kind of interviewing that I admire very much and don't think I'm particularly good at. I enjoy using the interview to give you a sense of who the subject is and what they think about.
What was the first interview you did where you felt you succeeded in that?
One stands out for me, for a different reason: When I worked at Spin magazine, I did an interview with Lou Reed, who was sort of famous for being very difficult and aggressive with journalists. My experience with him bore out that his reputation was deserved. It was a difficult, combative interview, one that made me feel like I had failed in some fashion, because he seemed so negative in his responses to my questions — to my whole being.
But when I went back to the transcription and was putting the interview together, I realized that just because he didn't like me or my questions, it didn't mean that something had gone wrong. I had to internalize that lesson: The truth of the interaction is the thing that you're trying to get across.
Establishing rapport is a big part of what you do. How do you that?
It’s just like anytime you meet someone for the first time. Sometimes you just realize very quickly that this person seems to be comfortable.
I interviewed Sarah Silverman, who is a very warm, friendly person to begin with. At one point during the conversation, she made a pretty foul-mouthed joke, as she is wont to do. I segued in a foul-mouthed way, and she doubled over laughing and slapped a couch. I thought, O.K., she’s engaged in the conversation.
How do you choose your subjects?
I have a long and detailed spreadsheet of potential subjects that has somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 names at this point. They're all people who I have an inkling might be interesting to talk to, regardless of whether they have a particular project in the works or something they want to promote.
That inkling comes from a few things: whether they've had an interesting career or life journey; if they have a reputation for being a good interviewee, or have shown a willingness to speak in a personally insightful way; and my own personal interest in them and their work. Certain people just have a quality that piques my curiosity, and I can't really explain why!
In the case of Meg Ryan, I was interested in learning more about her choice to pull back from Hollywood. She was one of the most successful actresses in the world for a long time and then really went low profile. Exploring the whys of that felt like potentially fertile conversational ground.
Did anything happen while you were in the room with Ms. Ryan that captures what it was like to speak with her?
We conducted the main portion of the interview at a Chinese restaurant near where she lives in Manhattan. After the interview was over and she left, I saw that she'd left her phone on her seat. About five minutes later she came back into the restaurant, a bit flustered, to look for her phone. It was exactly the type of flibbertigibbet thing one of her rom-com characters would have done.
What is the longest someone has been on your spreadsheet?
Thomas Pynchon has been near the top of my dream list for a long, long time.
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17500三地开奖结果“【蓝】【小】【姐】，【你】【看】【这】……”【约】【翰】【逊】【有】【些】【讨】【好】【的】【看】【着】【柯】【琳】【娜】。 “【约】【翰】【逊】【先】【生】【这】【次】【又】【准】【备】【用】【什】【么】【理】【由】【呢】？”【柯】【琳】【娜】【移】【过】【视】【线】，【目】【光】【落】【在】【约】【翰】【逊】【身】【后】【的】【秘】【书】【身】【上】，“【资】【料】【准】【备】【的】【齐】【全】【吗】？” 【秘】【书】【迎】【着】【柯】【琳】【娜】【的】【笑】【容】，【勉】【强】【露】【出】【一】【个】【公】【式】【化】【的】【微】【笑】，“【蓝】【小】【姐】，【材】【料】【都】【准】【备】【好】【了】，【请】【您】【过】【目】。” 【秘】【书】【的】【心】【忐】【忑】【不】【安】，【虽】
【减】【肥】？【听】【到】【这】【两】【个】【字】【从】【自】【己】【的】【女】【人】【口】【中】【吐】【出】【来】，【顾】【酉】【阳】【的】【眉】【头】【紧】【紧】【的】【皱】【在】【一】【起】。 “【绝】【对】【不】【可】【以】，【过】【度】【的】【减】【肥】，【会】【影】【响】【到】【身】【体】【的】【恢】【复】，【我】【不】【会】【允】【许】【的】。“【顾】【酉】【阳】【想】【都】【没】【想】，【直】【接】【给】【沈】【绯】【绯】【泼】【了】【一】【盆】【冷】【水】。 【好】【在】【第】【二】【天】【的】【时】【候】，【护】【士】【便】【将】【孩】【子】，【抱】【到】【了】【她】【的】【病】【房】。 【虽】【然】【从】【顾】【酉】【阳】【的】【手】【机】【里】，【已】【经】【看】【到】【过】【太】【多】【次】【儿】
【过】【了】【一】【会】【儿】【两】【个】【人】【相】【觑】【而】【笑】。 【叶】【诗】【瑶】【担】【心】【的】【看】【着】【温】【婼】，【但】【是】【现】【在】【自】【己】【可】【以】【说】【什】【么】【都】【不】【知】【道】，【自】【己】【也】【不】【能】【问】【什】【么】，【最】【后】【只】【能】【陪】【着】【她】【坐】【在】【那】【里】。 【过】【了】【十】【多】【分】【钟】，【温】【婼】【想】【了】【很】【久】，【淡】【淡】【地】【说】【了】【一】【句】：“【瑶】【瑶】，【我】【准】【备】【七】【夕】【的】【时】【候】【就】【要】【举】【行】【婚】【礼】【了】，【你】【会】【来】【的】【是】【不】【是】？” 【叶】【诗】【瑶】【惊】【讶】【的】【看】【着】【温】【婼】，【你】【确】【定】【你】【现】【在】【是】【正】
【在】【本】【周】【末】【的】【一】【场】【西】【甲】【联】【赛】【当】【中】，【坐】【镇】【主】【场】【的】【巴】【塞】【罗】【那】【迎】【战】【深】【陷】【联】【赛】【保】【级】【区】【的】【球】【队】【塞】【尔】【塔】，【两】【支】【球】【队】【巨】【大】【的】【实】【力】【差】【距】【让】【这】【一】【场】【联】【赛】【并】【没】【有】【任】【何】【的】【悬】【念】，【但】【是】【梅】【西】【在】【比】【赛】【当】【中】【又】【完】【成】【了】【一】【次】【帽】【子】【戏】【法】，【将】【自】【己】【在】【西】【甲】【的】【帽】【子】【戏】【法】【次】【数】【提】【升】【到】【了】34【次】【追】【平】【了】C【罗】【保】【持】【的】【纪】【录】，【其】【中】【两】【次】【精】【彩】【的】【任】【意】【球】【破】【门】【成】【为】【了】【本】【场】【比】【赛】【最】【大】【的】【亮】【点】，【如】【此】【出】【色】【的】【发】【挥】【证】【明】【了】【梅】【西】【依】【旧】【是】【这】【个】【星】【球】【上】【个】【人】【能】【力】【最】【强】【的】【球】【星】！【但】【是】【如】【果】【说】【梅】【西】【的】【优】【异】【表】【现】【威】【胁】【到】C【罗】【的】【金】【球】【奖】【属】【于】【无】【稽】【之】【谈】，【毕】【竟】【本】【年】【度】【的】【金】【球】【奖】【梅】【西】【只】【有】【一】【个】【竞】【争】【对】【手】，【那】【就】【是】【范】【迪】【克】，C【罗】【绝】【无】【可】【能】【获】【得】【今】【年】【的】【金】【球】【奖】！17500三地开奖结果【唐】【映】【颜】【十】【分】【淡】【定】【地】【起】【床】【洗】【漱】【然】【后】【吃】【早】【餐】，【做】【完】【这】【一】【切】【之】【后】，【就】【拿】【着】【书】【包】【出】【门】【准】【备】【按】【照】【记】【忆】【里】【的】【路】【线】【去】【上】【学】。 【临】【出】【门】【前】，【她】【听】【到】【外】【婆】【喊】【她】：“【对】【了】【颜】【儿】，【对】【面】【李】【奶】【奶】【家】【孙】【子】【也】【转】【到】【这】【边】【来】【了】，【他】【比】【你】【大】【两】【届】，【他】【学】【习】【成】【绩】【好】，【你】【以】【后】【有】【什】【么】【不】【懂】【的】【都】【可】【以】【去】【找】【他】。” 【唐】【映】【颜】：“？？？”【好】【像】【有】【什】【么】【地】【方】【不】【对】？
**【琪】【点】【点】【头】，“【当】【然】【了】，【我】【俩】【沙】【雕】【在】【一】【起】，【以】【后】【家】【里】【肯】【定】【是】【很】【闹】【腾】【的】！【对】【了】，【我】【们】【要】【不】【要】【去】【拜】【访】【一】【下】【阿】【姨】【叔】【叔】，【还】【有】【我】【妈】【我】【爸】？” “【还】【分】【得】【这】【么】【清】【楚】【呢】？【你】【的】【妈】【妈】【就】【是】【我】【的】【丈】【母】【娘】，【我】【的】【妈】【妈】，【你】【的】【爸】【爸】【是】【我】【岳】【父】。【我】【的】【父】【母】【是】【你】【公】【婆】，【最】【重】【要】【的】【是】……【我】【是】【你】【老】【公】，【叫】【一】【声】【听】【听】。” 【闻】【言】，**【琪】【羞】【涩】【了】，
【对】【于】【这】【名】【已】【经】【完】【全】【失】【去】【理】【智】【的】【男】【粉】，【白】【凡】【并】【没】【有】【手】【软】，【他】【直】【接】【一】【巴】【掌】【甩】【在】【了】【这】【家】【伙】【的】【脸】【上】。 “【啪】！” 【这】【一】【巴】【掌】【势】【大】【力】【沉】，【这】【个】【疯】【狂】【的】【家】【伙】【顿】【时】【被】【扇】【飞】【了】【出】【去】，【在】【地】【上】【滚】【了】【好】【几】【圈】，【吐】【出】【了】【几】【颗】【碎】【牙】【和】【血】。 【这】【名】【狂】【热】【粉】【丝】【被】【白】【凡】【这】【一】【巴】【掌】【打】【的】【晕】【晕】【乎】【乎】【的】，【在】【地】【上】【半】【天】【没】【有】【爬】【起】【来】。 “【报】【警】【吧】。” 【白】
【怀】【珞】【脸】【色】【微】【变】，【我】【看】【他】【的】【眼】【神】【变】【得】【有】【些】【冷】【漠】，【便】【知】【道】【这】【次】【回】【去】【肯】【定】【不】【那】【么】【简】【单】。 【如】【果】【真】【的】【是】【透】【露】【给】【怀】【珞】【消】【息】【的】【人】【在】【现】【场】，【那】【么】【依】【照】【怀】【珞】【开】【始】【对】【我】【的】【反】【应】，【这】【件】【事】【注】【定】【和】【我】【脱】【离】【不】【了】【关】【系】。 【唉】，【我】【这】【麻】【烦】【的】【女】【主】【体】【质】，【好】【事】【是】【一】【点】【没】【有】，【坏】【事】【是】【天】【天】【缠】【身】【啊】。 【我】【郑】【重】【的】【看】【着】【怀】【珞】：“【我】【希】【望】【你】【说】【清】。” 【怀】