None of that ever deters anyone lunes, 18 de noviembre de 2013

You become so deeply involved with your subjects. How do you manage to maintain enough distance to write about them?
The writer-subject relationship is always fraught with thorny complications. Janet Malcolm's book, The Journalist and the Murderer, should be a required text in all schools of journalism. Her first line –"Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible"– is intentionally harsh and provocative, but contains more truth than most journalists admit. The writer is a confidence man. The journalist never has any intention of telling the story your subject wants told. Your job is to tell the story as you see it. Once a subject has talked to you, he has surrendered all control. For my own conscience's sake, I try to begin almost every interview by quoting Malcolm's infamous first line. I tell the person I'm interviewing that he'll have no control over the process, that I won't show the article to him before publication, that he will tell me things he'll regret... and none of that ever deters anyone!

Jon Krakauer, citado en Robert S. Boynton (ed.), The New New Journalism, New York, Vintage, 2005, p. 167

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