The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

A new concept: the twinterview

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In the last few days, in connection with various writing projects, I have twice been interviewed. You can see the results on Cutting it Straight (straightforward blogging interview) and on A Day’s March (more specific book interview).

I thought, “Hmmm. One man, two sets of questions . . . what about two men, one set of questions?” And so was born the notion of . . . (drumroll, please) . . . . the twinterview. Behind the shockingly twee name lies the idea of approaching two people joined by a common interest, project, vocation, or some other bond, and asking them precisely the same questions (participants will be asked not to discuss or compare answers until after submitting them).

Presenting the responses in parallel allows us to compare and contrast the different answers, not as in exercise in hair-splitting, fault-finding, difference-highlighting or friendship-killing (bonus points for any of these, of course), but as a way of drawing out and seeing particular nuances and emphases and perspectives, or noting similarities and unities.

I have been bouncing around a few ideas for twinterviews in the tortured netherlands of the Walker brain, and may be able to start the ball rolling in the next few weeks. Just saying.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 27 January 2012 at 08:16

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  1. […] few weeks ago I introduced the concept of the twinterview. Basically, I ask two people joined by some common bond or interest the same set of questions, and […]


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