The interviewer isn't very familiar with Jay's work and so it's a useful entry point for the beginner to learn a little about one of the most interesting people around. Not that it's dull for experienced fans either. It never is with Jay.
The photograph is of the newly finished Upatassanti Pagoda in the (also new) relocated Burmese capital Naypyidaw. It's been too long since I was last in Burma and I feel it calling.