I have been interviewing creative people for 40 years, but I am not a journalist. I have no training in the journalistic standards for doing an interview, and I like it that way, because I think it allows for a more natural conversation. But, even my minimal objective distance went missing when I spoke with Ariel Levy.
She is a staff writer for the New Yorker, and the author of two books, the most recent being The Rules Do Not Apply, a memoir of a trying time in her life, when she lost “a son, a spouse, and a house.”
She is instantly warm and forthcoming as a subject, and appealing as a person, and I suspect that if she ever interviewed me, my darkest secrets would be yielded up at once. In fact, some of that happened.
The Rules Do Not Apply
by Ariel Levy
Random House, 2017