Curiousity that carried the reporter
This should have been listed in the criteria necessary for journalism, if it isn't already instilled in those seeking such a profession from the start. When I picture the ideal portrait of a journalist, I imagine someone inquisitive for life, like Cynthia Gorney.
I love the part in Gorney's profile where she quotes Geisel (Dr. Seuss) on why happy endings are important: "'A child identifies with the hero, and it is a personal tragedy to him when things don't come out all right'" (Clark & Scanlan 173). Talk about great quote selection! This statement contains a lot of appeal. Parents will, If they be anything like myself, read it and think directly of their children and how true an observation Seuss made. This journalist did an exquisite job of illuminating her subject: there is no telling going on here. What there is, is engaging portraiture. To have nailed this piece the way she has done, she must have remained in a constant mindful state during the interview process. Rather than pronouncing Seuss the beloved author of children's books, that he is, Gorney refers to awards received or quotes someone's praise on his keen eye for color; and in place of an additional compliment that would credit him as a simple, non-showy person, Gorney follows the original flattery with a token of his manner, which can summarizes this idea of Seuss: "He does not explain to the art department why each green is wrong--just not parrotty enough, or something" (Clark & Scanlan 170).
Another notable thing, the reporter never uses the word "I," and describes herself in the third person.