I keep saying the word 'weird' over and over again, but it's the only way I can describe it.
To me, every interview, even if you love the artist, needs to be somewhat adversarial. Which doesn't mean you need to attack the person, but you do need to look at it like you're trying to get information that has not been written about before.
I was fortunate that I was at newspapers for eight years, where I wrote at least five or six stories every week. You get used to interviewing lots of different people about a lot of different things. And they aren't things you know about until you do the story.
The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in, and I'm really just writing about myself and using those subjects as a prism.