Archive for March 2nd, 2007

Slow Journalism

March 2, 2007

The February edition of Prospect magazine has an interesting article by Susan Greenberg on ‘slow journalism’. She’s not referring to work-shy, scribbling fops who can’t get the copy to their irate editors in time. She means the art of producing longer pieces of non-fiction – essays, reportage etc. – which “takes its time to find things out, [and] notices stories that others miss”. Her argument is that there is a growing market for this kind of material, but that the UK is lagging behind when compared to the US publishing industry. There is still too much emphasis here on ‘literature’ as being, by default, fiction. I think she’s spot on. A long lunch and a slowly digested read of a thoughtful essay is surely one recipe for the good life.