“Missy (Misdemeanor) Elliott, the twenty-five-year-old hip-hop performer who is energetically redefining the boundaries of rap music, is a singer, a songwriter, an arranger, a producer, and a talent scout. Six months ago, few people outside the music industry had heard of her; six months from now, it will be necessary to pretend that you’ve known about Missy Elliott for years.”
The Paris Review Apr 2006
I can’t ask anything. Once in a while if I’m forced into it I will conduct an interview, but it’s usually pro forma, just to establish my credentials as somebody who’s allowed to hang around for a while. It doesn’t matter to me what people say to me in the interview because I don’t trust it.
New Yorker Nov 1994
A profile of Vogue Creative Director André Leon Talley.
From our guide to haute couture genius at Slate.
New Yorker Sep 1999
On the life and career of Richard Pryor, as he neared the end of both.