Imagine you’re a journalist making your first steps into the media world, and you’re given your first interview assignment. A small time singer? Someone of local significance? How about Salvador Dali?
As crazy as that notion may seem, it’s exactly what Lynn Barber faced back in ’69, and it’s these kind of stories, many recounted in her new book A Curious Career, that have a room full of people eagerly listening.
“Oh, celebrity interviews. It’s a doddle,” Barber remembers thinking. She spent four days interviewing Dali, who seemed to thrive off her naivety and almost interviewed himself. Moving forward from such a start, “I then realised celebrity interviews aren’t all fun.”