Next week I’ll be shooting a couple of episodes of Uncommon Knowledge, one with Judge Robert Bork, another with Paul Johnson, the English historian. Within his field, each knows everything. And each has spent his career producing compelling, readable, musical prose, seeking to share his knowledge with the rest of us.
If you could ask Judge Bork and Paul Johnson a question apiece, what two questions would you choose? Bear in mind that the trick in talk television-even in talk television on PBS–is to get your guest talking. Tomorrow I’ll post the two or three questions that seem the most provocative/evocative–and then next week I’ll put the questions to the great men themselves.