I have, I guess, interviewed more famous people than Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the International Space Station, but I have rarely been so star struck. What is it about astronauts? They’re just a tiny bit better than the rest of us, right? (Although, as you’ll see from the interview, they’re kind of a pain to be married to). Hadfield is unusual not just for the wonder of his space experience, but for his ability to describe it in terms so vivid you get vertigo just from listening to him. It’s one of me favourite stories of the year so far. Read the interview here>>
Samantha Geimer’s account of what happened to her in the summer of 1977 and the subsequent 35 year fall-out is fascinating for its nuance, its good humour, and for her capacity to move on, in the face of frequent and very public reminder. It was one of those interviews that genuinely surprised me, in a good way.
Here’s my interview in the Guardian with Margaret Atwood, on top scathing form on a variety of subjects. Particularly interesting: her dismissal of Lauren Sandler’s essay in the Atlantic, counselling women writers to have only one child. “Make your choice,” she says. “Stop whining about it and filling up copy in magazines with your guilt.”