16  Interview features and profiles

The US Army calls it embedding. Like Hollywood, the Pentagon has nightmares at the thought of freewheeling journalists reporting events outside the embedded system. Is there someone out there in showbiz Babylon still willing to resist embedment and keep the oriflamme of bloodyminded independence aloft? If not, editors might as well send along their secretaries to take the star’s dictation. Actually, I’m not sure they aren’t already. (Victor Davis, ‘The stars look down’, British Journalism Review, Number 2, 2003)

The best technique is to make tiny pricks in the subject’s ego and let him expel hot air slowly. (Humphrey Bogart, late film actor)

Our most vivid impressions of our contemporaries are through interviews. ...

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