1. Once you’ve put yourself on record in an interview, and you’re sort of thinking fast and saying the first thing that pops into your mind, basically, anything to fill up the air time or the reporter’s time, it’s a little disconcerting, when you’re younger than I, to realize that these remarks which you toss off, once they’re in print, have an equal weight with all the words that you’ve labored to polish and make come out exactly right.

    — John Updike telling Terry Gross why he once called interviews ‘a form to be loathed.’ [complete interview here]

  2. john updike

    lit

    interview

    journalism