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May 25, 2009

New Monthly editor achieves his majority

I have to say at the off that I have never met Ben Naparstek, 23, new editor of The Monthly. But it is reassuring to see that that Morry Schwartz and Robert Manne have selected someone

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I have to say at the off that I have never met Ben Naparstek, 23, new editor of The Monthly. But it is reassuring to see that that Morry Schwartz and Robert Manne have selected someone of better than drinking age. This presumably is to facilitate their regular ‘editorial board’ meetings at Jimmy Watson’s at the Prague end of Carlton’s Lygon St.

A drinker? Maybe. A thinker? Certainly. Of age to take responsibility for, to direct — to edit — a publication that could yet play a significant role in Australia’s life of ideas? Probably not. It’s hard not to see in this appointment the desire of Manne and Schwartz to keep control. To install another ingenue; another cypher for the literary and political ambitions of two mid-life men who apparently lack the chutzpah to do it in their own names. The Monthly, the only magazine of ideas in the world edited by the work experience kid. Maybe they could have made the editorship some sort of tie-in with year 12 english? Or convene it collectively through young Ben’s Facebook page? Or maybe not. We’ll see. Good luck Ben. Take it to them.

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  3. deccles

    I certainly wont be renewing my subscription to ‘The Monthly’. Losing Gideon Haigh is bad enough but the new editor needed to be someone who could edit Manne. Talent to write does not guarantee that you have the talent to edit.

    The age of the new editor will only become relevant if the quality of ‘The Monthly’ declines even further.

    *insert cliche about eating puddings here*

  4. rubbersoul1991

    Agree with Mr Christie. Your comments are nothing more than the usual put-down of young people. Maybe he should be clubbing, dropping ees, catching STD’s and maybe stealing cars. Then he might conform to your stereotype of young people. I would have expected better from Crikey. And I am aged 45 thank you.

  5. David Christie

    Yeah, well I am over 70 and I don’t think that Mr.Naparstek’s age has the slightest relevance to his editorial ability. I do think that your patronising comments cast a little doubt on your own.

  6. Tom Fairman

    Holy shitstorm. That’s my age. Christ, way to bring on my quarter life crisis, The Monthly. Now excuse me while I go make my facebook status relevant to the fact…

  7. Christine Johnson

    There’s a creepy benevolence to the Manne, Schwartz appointment tinged with swat-back and folly. At this rate Ben’s meteoric rise from playground conkers to literary journalist, broadcaster and Monthly Moshiach should have on the east end of Fleet Street by Hanukkah.

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