Throughout his long career, Brian Grazer has made a sideline practice of informally interviewing intriguing people from all walks of life. “For 35 years, I’ve been tracking down people about whom I was curious and asking if I could sit down with them for an hour,” he explains. These conversations, and the motivations behind them, are explored in Grazer’s new book “A Curious Mind.” In it, the authors discuss the depths and potential of curiosity and share the experiences Grazer has had sitting down with Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, Isaac Asimov and countless others.
Whether these conversations, and the human subjects involved, were hopeful, scary, inspiring, courageous, covert or comical, they were always illuminating; and Grazer hopes the book will spur others to begin asking more questions. “Curiosity isn’t just impertinent, it’s insurgent,” he says. “It’s revolutionary.”