When you read Deborah Solomon's "Questions For" in The New York Times Magazine, it's like crashing an exclusive book party at Tina Brown's East Side garden apartment.
There you stand, sipping white wine, as Solomon and a famous author or politician or media personality trade zippy repartee. Her sharp, challenging questions elicit pithy, surprising answers -- a disloyal comment about an employer, a confession to a Diet Coke habit, what's in Jack Black's iPod.
That is the illusion of Solomon's column. The reality is something else: the 700 or so words each week are boiled down from interviews that sometimes last more than an hour and run 10,000 words.
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