Dave Itzkoff has written two autobiographies and two biographies, and in this interview, we talk about his newest book, "Robin," and the ins and outs of researching and writing a biography.
- How Dave got the contract to write a book about Robin Williams
- How Dave dealt with people who were reluctant to be interviewed
- Which people surprised Dave in interviews
- How a biographer can find out details about the subject's background and the culture of the time
- How Robin's upbringing influenced his later life
- How Dave technologically manages his writing
- What Dave thinks is the hardest part of writing a biography
- How the podcast "Knowing: Robin Williams" came to be
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the Grammar Girl podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.