Neil Gaiman Knows What Happens When You Dream

Ahead of the Netflix adaption of his seminal comic book Sandman, Neil Gaiman gamely sits down for a longform Q&A. The results are as probing and patient and polymathic as you’d expect.

I would love to think that we are living in a world in which the story of progress, as in the original “Star Trek” series, is always upwards and onwards, and even if there will be mad times, eventually we get to the bridge of the Enterprise where all the problems of Earth have been sorted out. But I don’t know that we ever will. We are humans, and we do collective insanity really well.

Published: Jul 28, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,447 words)

Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life

David Marchese interviews cellist Yo-Yo Ma on music, politics, culture, the pandemic, stereotypes, and the meaning of life.

Published: Nov 20, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,132 words)

The Jazz Icon Sonny Rollins Knows Life Is A Solo Trip.

David Marchese talks to jazz genius Sonny Rollins about why he decided not to publish his ideas on saxophone technique and harmony and his distinct lack of nostalgia for jazz days gone by.

Published: Feb 24, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,531 words)

Stephen Colbert on the Political Targets of Satire

“If the show goes well, maybe the audience sleeps a bit better. And maybe that’s all the show should be. I have said this before, but I know that when you’re laughing, you’re not afraid.”

Published: Jun 3, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,785 words)

In Conversation: Kathleen Turner

“I never really studied acting… In fact, the master classes I do, my course is called Practical Acting. You shut up and do it.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Aug 7, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

In Conversation: Billy Joel

Billy Joel talks about performing in his late 60s, why he stopped writing songs, the problems inherent in not owning your own recordings, and his opinion of the state of America today.

Source: Vulture
Published: Jul 23, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,610 words)

In Conversation: Quincy Jones

Living legend Quincy Jones tells it all and knows it all: how many songs Michael Jackson stole, which Beatles couldn’t actually play, everyone Marlon Brando slept with, who killed Kennedy, what happens when we die, and the moment God walks out of a room. David Marchese follows up on each fantastic digression in an interview with the world’s most virtuosic octogenarian.

Source: Vulture
Published: Feb 7, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,975 words)

In Conversation: David Letterman

What has one of the architects of late night comedy being doing since he retired? Developing deep thoughts about using comedy to undermine the presidential administration, and confusing people with his long Santa Clause beard, among other things.

Published: Mar 5, 2017
Length: 30 minutes (7,596 words)