Q. Do you use a pen or a typewriter? (This is a Paris Review opener.) Brian A cassette. I'm just interviewing interviewers -- particularly all those people who knew or interviewed or wrote about Hem, and a lot of others -- Capote and Buckley and Vidal and Talese and Alice Longworth and Studs Terkel. Q. Do you feel this is a good technique? Cowley (Malcolm)) ""The trouble with most interviewing is that the interviewer . . . asks questions (that) don't yield anything. . . it's hard to give an intelligent answer to a stupid question."" Brian Well, I guess I ask some stupid questions, like whether Lillian Ross was as interested in babies as my seven year old when she was her age. ""Interviewers. . . put a lot of themselves into it, rather than the subject."" Gingrich (Arnold) ""Oh, yes, completely."" Brian ""Do you feel you have a purpose?"" Terkel (Studs) ""Oh God, I don't know. Just to scrounge around, I guess."" Brian ""Is there one word you would use for Hemingway?"" Cowley ""Complicated."" Ross ""A very nice, friendly man."" Q. Is there one word you would use for a book like this? A. Self-serving. Q. What interviewer do you like best? David Frost? Mike Wallace? Dick Cavett? Rex Reed? Brian ""I've got a tremendous number of questions and if you feel you won't want to answer them or feel they won't be productive you can just say 'Skip that.'