Mediations: Philip Young

  • Mediations comments on public relations theory and practice, with an emphasis on social media and communication ethics. Philip Young is project leader for NEMO: New Media, Modern Democracy at Campus Helsingborg, Lund University, Sweden. All views expressed here are personal and should not be seen as representing Lund University or any other organisation.

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    I had kind of hoped you knew that I am not only the world's truly favourite Belgian, but also one of the journalists used in fiction that should be playing a lead role on 'Scoop! Journalists In Fiction'. Looking forward to that and congrats on the new blog!

    Any suggestions of Belgian novels that feature journalists gratefully accepted on Scoop! I have been collecting references from Georges Simenon, another reporter turned writer, but don't know of any contemporary Belgian novels that have been translated into English.

    Simenon, of course. Excellent choice. Highly underrated - one of Belgium's best if you ask me. We were required to read a couple of Simenon novels in secondary school and where most of my colleagues gave up, I just kept on going. I have hardly read all his work (he was after all wat in Dutch is called a 'veelschrijver' ('muchwriter' if you translate it too literally)), but I did manage to read most of his Maigret work ('Le pendu du St-Pholien' being my all-time favourite). I am, however, not really familiar with his other work, but perhaps this is a reason for me to start digging up some of it. In the meantime, I'll try to keep an eye out for Belgian novels concerning journalists but I am not going to make any promises. After all, I hardly find time nowadays to keep up with my 'professional' reading. Perhaps I should quit this blogging business ;-). Oh btw, if you ever get to Liège, you must do the Simenon walk: it takes you through some lovely hidden corners of the old town and, of course, to the places where Simenon lived and worked before he moved to Paris, Holland,...

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