Sunday, July 11, 2010

Concerning the 'Interview,' by Mark Twain

Concerning the 'Interview.'

No one likes to be interviewed, and yet no one likes to say no; for interviewers are courteous and gentle-mannered, even when they come to destroy. I must not be understood to mean that they ever come consciously to destroy or are aware afterward that they have destroyed; no, I think their attitude is more that of the cyclone, which comes with the gracious purpose of cooling off a sweltering village, and is not aware, afterward, that it has done that village anything but a favor.

--Mark Twain

From a previously unpublished manuscript by Mark Twain. You can read the whole essay on the PBS Newshour blog, Rundown, here.