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11: Writer Erik Jensen on narrative journalism, Adam Cullen and the power of Truth

In this episode, we speak to writer and journalist Erik Jensen. Erik is editor-in-chief of Schwartz, the publisher behind 7am, the Monthly and the Saturday Paper. Erik's book Acute Misfortune is a portrait of Australian grunge artist Adam Cullen. Cullen was a painter devoted to his own larrikin mythology, a construct Erik peels away. In this discussion, Erik talks about his writing process, the influence of David Marr on his early days as a reporter, and the paradox of being an author who hates being edited. He also talks about his new book of poetry, the revival of narrative journalism, and the difference between being a writer and a journalist. Theme: Low Life 'Friends'


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      Mahmood Fazal and Daniel Stewart founded Mont Publishing House in 2020. Our website and publications feature writing from Mont and friends exploring the past, present and future of counter-culture. Our first publication is Archives of Violence, featuring an interview with Pouria Khojastehpay of 550BC. Images provided by Pouria, and layout by James Vinciguerra. 200 copies, hand numbered and stamped. You can order it via Lulu’s.

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