ED’S LETTER | CONSERVING THE CURATORS
When Malcolm Gladwell reminded us about the meaning of a maven in his book The Tipping Point, he must surely have had some of his journalist acquaintances in mind. Because, with apologies to Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in need of a restaurant suggestion, will phone a journalist friend, relative, or acquaintance.
If I had R100 for every phone call or WhatsApp message to this effect, I would most definitely be writing this column from the beach in Acapulco.
The front-row privileges of being in the media mean that we certainly are privy to more info than most people — and that’s why we’ve made it our civic duty, in the Wanted world, to dedicate one month of the year to sharing our Little Black Book of Secrets with our readers.
The art of compiling a useful little black book, is knowing some mavens and when travel writer Debbie Hathway told me that she had been to Mauritius so many times that she had a dodo tattooed on her shoulder, I realised we were dealing with a true insider.