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'Erik Jensen is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, the author of the award-winning biography Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, and a book on the writings of Kate Jennings, and he is a founding editor of The Saturday Paper. And he’s only twelve years old… Well, not quite, but he’s still remarkably young to have achieved so much.' (Introduction)


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    • Erik cites Joseph Mitchell and Hunter S. Thompson as writing influences in his teenage years, although he soon moved on.
    • In the newsroom, Erik counts David Marr and Kate McClymont as mentors. He does not buy into the appeal of All the President’s Men – either Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s book or the Hollywood movie – although notes that others do.
    • When reading for pleasure, Erik prefers poets who have become writers like Kate Jennings and Jennifer Clement.
    • Erik cites Martin McKenzie-Murray’s essay on pedophilia as one of the pieces he is most proud to have published in The Saturday Paper.
    • Erik acknowledges the privilege he has in editing pieces from writers such as Imran Mohammad, a Rohingyan refugee held on Manus Island.
    • Tom Wolfe’s The New Journalism and William Strunk and E. B. White’s The Elements of Style are the books on writing he recommends, although he thinks you can pick up what you need to know by reading widely.

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    y separately published work icon The Garret : 2018 Nic Brasch (interviewer), Astrid Edwards (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2018 14752153 2018 series - publisher interview Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2018

    Posted 15 February 2018.

Last amended 4 Oct 2018 13:24:27
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