What arts editors have to do nowadays


Whenever some of you have heard me mention my “Hong Kong Editor”, who still occasionally sends me round Europe to cover plays and operas for The South China Morning Post you might perhaps have thought of Kevin Kwong as a sober, sensible, cultural man, all of which he is.
But this is apparently what Culture Editors have to do right now to get readers…
It had us howling over breakfast. It was, he confided (well not exactly confided as I’m sharing it widely, and I think seeing the footage you might guess) one of the most terrifying things he has ever done. I most love the bits where he begs his young colleague to “say something Rachel!”, how he later tries to compose himself and do some journalistic style reporting of the smog situation and the view up this scary tower while his brain is like jelly. And where Rachel is saying “let’s go again” and he agrees and then he realises quite what he is agreed to.
This little video is Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.03.51.pngScreen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.04.22.pngScreen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.04.35.pngScreen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.04.59.pngScreen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.06.07.pnga brilliant visual rendition of the narrative arc, each small element building up to a terrifying and yet person-changing whole.
Kevin, if you are reading this, you’re my hero!