Video testimonies have acquired a respected and central role in our collective remembering. When the witness has survived the Holocaust or any fateful event in recent Jewish experience that shapes our sense of who we are, we accord such a document the status of history. It serves as a valuable prism through which we attempt to know the past. But what do we learn from interviewing someone whose witnessing of life we value because it is imaginary rather than historical? What do we gain from interviewing writers? This was the question I asked myself in preparation for interviewing Cynthia Ozick for "Words & Images: The Jerusalem Literary Project in Conjunction with Ben Gurion University of the Negev," an endeavor dedicated to the documentation and preservation on videotape of in-depth interviews with the leading Jewish writers and thinkers of our time.