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Today in the newsletter: A new Notes On Process with Jazz Monroe.
The latest edition of Notes On Process is here! The idea of this column is simple: I invite a writer to a Google Doc where I’ve copy-pasted one of their pieces and added a bunch of footnotes with flattery, jokes, and questions. They reply to my queries, and then we provide you with a link to the doc where all of our marginalia is visible. The goal is to provide a window into the writing and editing process, so that folks can see how great writers think about their work.
Jazz Monroe is an associate staff writer at Pitchfork, with freelance bylines in outlets like The Guardian and The Independent. He’s quietly one of the most perceptive and thoughtful writers in music journalism, with fascinating articles about the world of song lyric transcription, music and identity in the digital age, and much more. For this edition of the Notes On Process column, we chose to focus on his 2019 Pitchfork article “What Depeche Mode’s Seduction of Eastern Europe Can Teach Us About Late Capitalism” which combines interviews and laser-sharp criticism. It’s a master class in how to balance the two. Check out the Google Doc here.
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