Journalism should be an honourable, inspiring and admirable profession, but few people will need to be reminded that it frequently isnâ€™t. Ever since newspapers were invented, it has generated more than its fair share of cynics, propagandists, and opportunists.
Journalism has always attracted people who subscribe to the essential philosophy described in a Punch joke â€“ referenced by George Orwell in his essay on Henry Miller â€“ in which an aunt asks her aspiring writer nephew, â€˜And what are you going to write about, dear?â€™, to which the youth replies, â€˜My dear aunt, one doesnâ€™t write about anything, one just writes’….
My piece on the brilliant Hsiao-Hung Pai for theÂ Ceasefire webzine. Â You can read the rest here.