I suppose a good interviewer, like a good parent, shouldn't chose favorites. So don't tell anyone, but I really, really dig talking to writer Luis Alberto Urrea.
For one, the man is genial. When we talked-- which already seems like ages ago-- Urrea was fresh off a long book tour, behind his new novel Queen of America, which picks up the trail of his Yaqui Indian foremother, Teresa Urrea, Saint of Cabora, whose tale he first unwound in The Hummingbird's Daughter.
Even amid the fluorescent lights and bare bones decor of our studio, Luis and his wife/constant companion/fixer/soul mate, Cindy, seemed relieved to be back on home turf-- if slightly disoriented from their travels. And though Urrea invoked his tired, cranky state more than once, he did so with a fine helping of good cheer:
Which leads to my "for two": Urrea has an amazing ability to wrap you up in a story before you even know what's happening.