Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin on Michael Silverblatt’s Interview Style

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While wrapping up his interview with Michael Silverblatt, U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin wondered — why can’t interviewers  simply read previous interviews to glean answers to repeated questions?  Clearly he was tired of repeating himself.  Check out the note he left for Michael:

Dear Michael,

After our interview this morning I must tell you I have been interviewed to something like excess, but an interview with you is unique.  It is an original and you never ask any of the over and over questions that have been so often asked and answered.  That makes these conversations with you an unfailing and singular pleasure.

Thank you.       William