Steven Brill is teaching my book Columbine to his Yale journalism class this semester, and asked me to come speak to them, so of course I said yes. I have admired him for ages, and I've never been to Yale. (Definitely not invited.)
We set a date for October, and it's here Monday. I'm actually headed up on the train Sunday night. I'm also doing a Master's Tea on Monday, and a lunch with one group of students, and a dinner with another.
So much to get done, though. I usually just wing these things, as I've done them a million times, but . . . Steve is really interested in interviews, and wants me convey some key ideas. I got excited talking to him about it this summer. It's really a core skill, doing it well, that a lot of journalists never really master.
(If it felt like a great interview, it wasn't. It should feel like a conversation.)
So I've been mulling, and this morning I dug through my old interview files and I have a million ideas.
I've created to cheat sheets--one on mechanics, one on getting people to talk. I'll share them here once I finalize them. Probably next week.
I'm excited already, though. Talking to students always invigorates me.