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A very insightful book on how the world of celebrity interviewing in feature pieces works. Lynn Barber is a journalist, and her interviews have appeared in many different publications In this short memoir, she includes interviews with a few of her subjects my favorites being Christopher Hitchens and Hilary Mantel Barber was also the young female subject of An Education. I very much enjoyed this book Barber is truly funny and I enjoyed her wit throughout I found the interview process and her thought process most fascinating and could have read a book entirely of that Based on that alone, I d have given it 4 stars but I honestly didn t enjoy reading the interviews she d written, which took up most of a chapter, and were often with people with whom I was unfamiliar nor did I care I did read up on them all, however, to try to best understand their claim to fame I very much enjoyed this book Barber is truly funny and I enjoyed her wit throughout I found the interview process and her thought process most fascinating and could have read a book entirely of that Based on that alone, I d have given it 4 stars but I honestly didn t enjoy reading the interviews she d written, which took up most of a chapter, and were often with people with whom I was unfamiliar nor did I care I did read up on them all, however, to try to best understand their claim to fame and, once I did that, reading the interview was actuallyenjoyable Overall, I really enjoyed this book a solid, quick read Lynne Barber being her usual cynical, honest and funny self Her interviews with Tracey Emin revealing , Hilary Mantel fierce and Marianne Faithful rude are as stand out as her tips for wannabe journalists don t ask celebrities anything you could find out online and instead ask them how often they call their mum. Crisp Funny Feels Honest Made meopen to being nosey and taking interest in other people s lives. I picked up this slim volume not realizing her earlier memoir had been the basis of the film An Education, or that this one was a retrospective of her favorite interviews with commentary Nevertheless, I heartily enjoyed it I didn t know many of the interviewees in this memoir of a celebrity journalist, but I was still delighted by the candor, writing skills and humor of Lynn Barber. Brilliant read and as much about Lynn s career and what she has learned about life as the celebs she s met. I enjoyed this autobiographical journey by British interviewer profile writer Lynn Barber Particularly the first half, then I began to tire a little of the dominant I voice as I now recall I often did when reading Barber s work in various Sunday supplements Caveat envy likely at work here Few journalists are given the license to turn their own stories of their travails with egomaniacal, difficult or monosyllabic subjects into their pieces I never was one of them Some of Barber s encoun I enjoyed this autobiographical journey by British interviewer profile writer Lynn Barber Particularly the first half, then I began to tire a little of the dominant I voice as I now recall I often did when reading Barber s work in various Sunday supplements Caveat envy likely at work here Few journalists are given the license to turn their own stories of their travails with egomaniacal, difficult or monosyllabic subjects into their pieces I never was one of them Some of Barber s encounters positively leap of the page Christopher Hitchens, Marianne Faithfull, Salvador Dali I m glad I read it for the good bits and for Barber s vivid portrayal of a realm I once knew well Anyone interested in interviewing the famous will assuredly enjoy her account of what is never less than A Curious Career Unless rampant curiousness drives your days, you are unlikely to go far in journalism I would have given Barber s book 3.5 stars but 3 stars denotes liked it and I liked it `DOWNLOAD BOOK ⇔ A Curious Career ↡ Lynn Barber, by her own admission, has always suffered from a compelling sense of nosiness An exceptionally inquisitive child she constantly questioned everyone she knew about imitate details of their lives This talent for nosiness, coupled with her unusual lack of the very English fear of social embarrassment, turned out to be the perfect qualification for a celebrity interviewerIn A Curious Career, Lynn Barber takes us from her early years as a journalist at Penthouse where she started out interviewing foot fetishists, voyeurs, dominatrices and men who liked wearing nappies to her later eminent role interrogating a huge cross section of celebrities ranging from politicians to film stars, comedians, writers, artists and musicians A Curious Career is full of glorious anecdotes the interview with Salvador Dali that, at Dali s invitation, ended up lasting four days, or the drinking session with Shane MacGowan during which they planned to rob a bank It also contains eye opening transcripts, such as her infamous interview with the hilarious and spectacularly rude Marianne FaithfullA wonderfully frank and funny memoir by Britain s greatest and most ferocious interviewer, A Curious Career is also a fascinating window into the lives of celebrities and the changing world of journalism