Katherine Boo on the virtue of watching
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Interviewed in Guernica, the Pulitzer-winning MacArthur fellow says asking questions isn't the best way to report on people: "With questions, you ask them, and sometimes the person’s wondering, 'What is the right answer? What does she want? What does she think? Let me give her what she’s looking for.' Listening and observing often work much better [and] reveal much more about the complexity of someone than the answers that they give to questions about themselves."