About

Sam Knight is a journalist living in London. He writes long magazine articles and has plans for books. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Guardian, FT, GrantlandBritish GQ, and Harper’s.

Email: sam.knight@gmail.com
Phone: +44 7909 915 679

For agent inquiries, please contact:
Emma Paterson, RCW:
Phone: +44 20 7221 3717

*”What else is there to tell? I am bad at interviewing people. I avoid situations in which I have to talk to anyone’s press agent. (This precludes doing pieces on actors, a bonus in itself.) I do not like to make telephone calls, and would not like to count the mornings I have sat on some Best Western motel bed somewhere and tried to force myself to put through the call to the assistant district attorney. My only advantage as a reporter is that I am so physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate that people tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests. And it always does. That is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out.”
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

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2 Comments

  1. Great piece in The New Yorker on Ronnie O’Sullivan. As a former Fleet Street journalist myself, I didn’t particularly enjoy interviewing show business personalities until I bumped into, literally, the late Dick Emery in his living room, whereupon he used his old tagline “You are naughty, but I like you” on me. We got on great after that. Oh, I forgot to mention that he when he greeted me at his front door he was dressed in one of the often outrageous outfits he wore on his television shows.

  2. I like that: “Journalists are always selling somebody out”. Of course. When have you ever heard “Oh, I’m so glad that journalist came to interview me?

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