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When interviews go wrong...

Fivey_sigh

Watching an interview from the Leipzip book fair where you can see the interviewee (looking uncomfortable and somewhat distanced right from the start) getting increasingly uncooperative with each ensueing question. Not good? Right? Even worse if the interviewer happens to be a professional journalist possessing an academic degree in German literature.  (For a few years she even occupied a teaching position at the University of Milan.) So one should expect a certain amount of interesting actual discussion going on there, thoughtful questions, perhaps even honest curiosity. Right?

Among the questions asked in front of rather large audience were the following treasures:

"Did you take drugs when you wrote that?"

"Your protagonist reminds me of Parsifal. You are familiar with Parsifal, aren't you?" (Interviewee was looking puzzled, due to the Parsifal connection being somewhat far-fetched. I would have been puzzled as well. Also one should not forget to mention that both the interviewee's parents are high profile stage actors, a small biographical detail adding even more to the insult.)

Last but not least:

"What did your parents say to your book? Do they like it?"

 

*headdesk*
 

This entry was originally posted at http://bimo.dreamwidth.org/63707.html. Comment there or here, as you like. I'd be glad to reply to your comments over on DW.

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diotimah
Apr. 4th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
Incredible! And quite sad, really. Probably Looks as if she had no genuine interest in the interviewee, hadn't done her homework, and was just making something up.

So, you visited the Leipzig book fair, I take it? Wow! I'd love to check it out sometime myself.:)
bimo
Apr. 5th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
So, you visited the Leipzig book fair, I take it?

Oh, no. Just watching some videos taken at the book fair, I'm afraid. Among the interview sessions I watched was also the one with Michael Ballhaus that SelenaK wrote about. It's amazing what you can find on the internet these days. If I had actually been in Leipzig, I would have made sure to pay a surprise visit to Selena ;-)
diotimah
Apr. 8th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. Just watching some videos taken at the book fair, I'm afraid. Among the interview sessions I watched was also the one with Michael Ballhaus that SelenaK wrote about. It's amazing what you can find on the internet these days.

Oh, absolutely! I just had a look.:) Would love to travel there in Person sometime, though.:)

If I had actually been in Leipzig, I would have made sure to pay a surprise visit to Selena ;-)

Of course! As it happens, I actually paid her a surprise visit in Bielefeld (of all places ;) ), a few weeks ago. I attended a conference on disability and human rights there, and, when randomly checking out what was on in the evening, came across her reading.:)

Edited at 2014-04-10 10:42 am (UTC)
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