The author discusses the advent of new forms of storytelling and news reporting. One such forms that he is intrigued by is the interviews and the art of taking them. The interviews are not one type and can vary in terms of their authenticity, value and format.
People also find some interviews more truthful and accurate than others. Some find it as an art form and worthy of embellishment. Some are clear opponents and critics of such forms like Kipling and Carroll etc.
Some label it is obscene, crime and punishment to the person subjected to them. Some even go as far as calling it a gross intrusion into people’s private life and matters.
The criticism is also different when it comes from the perspective of the interviewee or the subject, who tends to be more anxious and under the scanner. On the other hand, an interviewer is much more comfortable as he is not the subject of scrutiny and questions.
There is also some portion of an interview done by Mukund Padmanabhan of Umberto Eco. Eco is the writer of many popular novels and gives interesting insights into his text and wordplay. He explores the philosophical notions and tries to stay loyal to his own ideas in his writing.
He asserts that he finds empty pockets in the world around and exploits them to find and thread his story. He names these holes as interstice. He seems to be inspired by everyday tales and find great value in ordinary achievements.
Eco, when asked about the reason behind his success, claims to be surprised by it himself. He claims that maybe it is the age and time of his writing that has led to the unpredictable success of his books. He also considers himself to be an intellectual writer and not just a novelist.
More importantly, he feels excited about giving interviews and finds them a necessary exercise. However, he believes that only if the participants are modest and honest, can an interview become a true success.