Jan 24, 2014

Follow Friday: @sarahkendzior, commentator, and the ‘full Kendzior’

Sarah Kendzior seeks out bastardy and has quickly become a star online -- and on Twitter. As part of Crikey's new series Follow Friday, we talk to the Al Jazeera columnist on the world around her.

Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

“You smell that?” Johnny Depp asks towards the end of The Rum Diary, Bruce Robinson’s 2011 adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name. Playing Paul Kemp, Thompson’s thinly veiled self-portrait and protagonist, Depp stands in the middle of a Puerto Rican newspaper office, which has been gutted by the American businessman whose shady dealings Kemp was about to expose. “It smells like bastards,” he says.

Al Jazeera English’s Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) has a very similar sense of smell. Since the op-ed columnist and self-described “recovering academic” began publishing opinion pieces on the news channel’s English-language website nearly two years ago, she has demonstrated a remarkable knack for sniffing out bastardry wherever it may fester. And I do mean wherever: rather than merely focusing her ire on Wall Street, the rotten wellspring of American wealth inequality, Kendzior has boldly resolved to call bullshi-t on the less obvious but no less deserving bastards of what she calls the country’s “prestige economy” as well.

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3 thoughts on “Follow Friday: @sarahkendzior, commentator, and the ‘full Kendzior’

  1. AR

    I stand stunned into silence. Have bookmarked her for future daily reading, possibly before Crikey -sorry but.. big fish, small pond.

  2. Robert Brown

    She just gained another follower. Excellent article, too. Thanks!

  3. Bort

    Gained another follower here too. Some of her points about punishing those who need to work to survive doesn’t just apply to young people, try working a part time job as a mature age student, it’s amazing how you get pigeon holed as a dead-head for doing a part time menial job for a couple of years despite getting excellent uni grades and prior industry relevant experience.

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