Based on the fact that i am sweating over my copy this afternoon, i think it is safe to say that I am now officially a newspaper columnist.
The downside is that “newspaper columnist” is a sub-profession of human being somewhere above politician and used car salesman and below journalist. I’m not sure that inflicting my constant rambling stream of ideas and opinions will endear me to anyone. The upside is that it will be an outlet for my constantly bubbling stream of ideas and opinions that will actually pay me.
My regularly weekly column will be in the new revamped arts section of The Age every MONDAY starting from the 27th of April. I’m not privvy to the larger plans for the revamped Age arts section but the discussions i’ve been involved in sound very promising. Obviously, the fact that they chose to involve me is – in my entirely objective opinion – a sign of excellent judgement.
Sadly The Age have rejected most of my good ideas. It looks like i will be doing cultural opinion and commentary as text and not interperative dance pieces, powerpoint presentations or musings about how adorable my kids are. Actually, my preferred approach was simply to resubmit old Andrew Bolt columns and simply change the prejudices (hence the sentence: “it’s also clear that a worrying number of former merchant bankers are coming from a very different culture and are struggling to make their way here and to integrate”) but they nixed that idea too.
So cultural commentary it is.
There’s still no word on exactly how the online side of things will work but i will post links to pieces here as they are published online and/or provide detailed instructions on purchasing newspapers for all you generation Y types that have that are unfamiliar with text in analogue.
Also, in keeping with the role of the columnist, i will also be in dire need of constant tip offs about interesting things, works and ideas that i can pass off as my own original insights. Please do feel free to offer suggestions!
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