I began the first week of senior project with a pile of books stacked on my nightstand. Here’s a list of what I’m reading and what I have learned.
1. Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies
An awesome book that outlines the process of developing idea, narrowing the scope, finding the board of interviewees, analyzing data, etc. I found it really helpful to know how professional surveyors conduct interviews.
2. Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide
This book features many accomplished journalists and their opinions on how to be a good nonfiction writer. They also wrote about personal anecdotes such as how and why they reported on certain topic. I might have discovered my favorite journalist, Gay Talese, who wrote the famous article on Frank Sinatra. “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold” is a work of art. This book also made me less worried about interviewing strangers.
3. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
I was more inspired by the format than the content. It gave me ideas on how I wish to present my final product, which can be a digital book or a website. It depends on whether I have time in the end to design everything.
Furthermore, I came up with the line of questioning for future interviewees. Big thanks to Ms. McLean and Mr. Akamichi for their suggestions!
Before this week, I expected frustration and moments of revelation as I finally work on my project, but guess what I experienced the most? Loneliness. The strangest part of working on my own is the lack of companionship, but I will begin contacting artists next week (I’ll be on vacation in Hawaii). Hopefully I get to toss questions and have a fun conversation with someone when I get back! Also, I think I’m obsessed with works of investigative journalism, so I’ll be reading Firehouse and Newjack while enjoying the tropical sunshine!
Lastly, if you know any visual artist (graphic designer, painter, photographer, etc.) living in the Bay Area, any contact info will be much appreciated!