This week, I was the answerer, rather than the asker. I was interviewed a couple times, once about a story I wrote, and once simply about my writing and work. Particularly during the latter, I got to noticing how funny it felt offering "answers" — to pin myself down. To circle around intimate things (and I do consider writing to be intimate) with someone I had never spoken with before. I was a little spooked, but the leap into the deep end was exciting. In addition to giving me more empathy for the people who I badger with questions myself, I also was intrigued by this alternative, back-end way of crafting a narrative … and, even though I wasn't the one asking the questions, a way of discovering things I hadn't known before.
Which is to say, I've been thinking of the art of the interview. That means that I'm looking to the work of others — like, for example, The Guardian's "great interviews of the 20th century" series. Here are five interesting interviews — with very different stripes: