When we moved onto our farm in Hawaii I found a gem of a book among the rubble. It was Mark Twain’s book Roughing it In The Sandwich Islands. What a find. It further enamored me with the genius that was Mark Twain.
This morning upon hitting author-zone.com #amwritingakasthomas, I found a link to Mark Twain. Could I not follow it? Nope. I did, and found the following essay “Concerning the Interview.”
It's a must-read.
Thanks to the Mark Twain Foundation and its trustees, the PBS NewsHour brings you for the first known time in print an essay by the American literary giant on a topic dear to our hearts -- the journalistic interview. In the course of Twain's career, he was frequently interviewed by reporters. The 10-page handwritten essay has been sitting for more than 40 years in the archives of the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley. It was written in either 1889 or 1890, a time that coincided with the rise of "yellow journalism."
“Concerning the ‘Interview.’”
Read by permission of Richard A. Watson and JPMorgan Chase Bank as trustees of the Mark Twain Foundation.
P.S. In those days long paragraphs were common. Now they say that readers don't have the patience to follow long verbiage.
What do you think?