Deborah Solomon thinks there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.
Deborah Solomon thinks there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.Writers and statesmen might have trotted out the same worn talking point thousands of times before, but Deborah Solomon isn't interested. She isn't interested in hearing allegedly intelligent people endlessly expound without actually saying anything. Solomon, 49, is the author of The New York Times Magazine's weekly "Questions For" interview. Over the past three years, she has become an expert at forcing her subjects, ranging from the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, to say something.Solomon is the author of two books (including a biography of Jackson Pollock), and for many years worked as an art critic for the Times. Her latest assignment began after a 2003 interview with Frank Gehry, in which he scoffed at the idea of submitting a design for rebuilding Ground Zero because the $40,000 fee was too low for an architect of his caliber. "The piece got a ton of mail and my editors thought I had a gift for this," she says. "It was a complete mistake. I think I'm curious. But isn't everyone curious?"
|I don't see interviewing as an art form....At best, it is a minor art form, like bartending, or macramé.|