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It seems that everyone is talking about journalism these days.
LARB asks: Should journalism use the “I” or try to remain opinionless and faceless?
EVER SINCE AMERICAN journalism committed itself to the ideal of objectivity, reporters have been struggling with what on earth to do with themselves in their stories. Should they use the first person, that great “I” that casts a shadow across the page, to paraphrase Virginia Woolf, or should they hide that “I” and pretend to have neither opinion nor even corporeal presence?
-Helen Benedict, “Reporting on Afghanistan in the Shadow of the ‘I’”
And the New York Review of Books ponders journalism in a different light: Journalism is the art of coming too late as early as possible.
If journalism was the art of coming too late as early as possible, then in short fiction Dagerman sought its antithesis, the art of coming in time. In his focus on fragile human subjects, particularly young people swept up in or swept aside by circumstances and forces much greater than themselves, Dagerman sought to create links of identification and empathy that could give his readers an understanding of the tragedies of human suffering before they became faits accomplis.
-Stig Dagerman, "To Kill a Child"
LARB wants to know: what are your views of modern-day journalism and its effect on society?
Lynda Barry’s course syllabus
I probably get as excited about Lynda’s class starting as her students do. Follow along here.
Get the full story on these breathtaking images in this talk from photographer Jimmy Nelson, who took them as part of his project Before They Pass Away, an effort to document 31 of the world’s unique tribes.
Hey, c’mon, stop that.