Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This was where Naomi Klein got her start

Photo: Ed Kashi
Even the great and mighty oak was once a nut...The announcement that Naomi Klein had won the 2014 Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction  for her book This Changes Everything is big news and deserved praise. The Canadian social activist gets a lot of attention from many quarters. But, curiously, she seems to have disconnected from her journalistic roots. 

Her bio on her own website, justifiably trumpets her publishing successes ("No Logo", "The Shock Doctrine") and celebrity (a profile in Vogue) and being a contributing editor of Harper's, a reporter for Rolling Stone and a regular columnist for The Nation and The Guardian. But not where she got her start in spending a little more than a year as editor of This Magazine in Toronto. Like many famous writers and journalists, she built her career on a foundation laid at a little Canadian magazine, the kind that's often the seedbed for later success.

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