Hamish McKenzie
Sometimes I feel like writing things, so this is where I write them.
Created 05 Mar 2018
  • Hello everyone
    17 Dec 2020 • < 1 min read • 13 0
    We launched quite a big thing today: Substack Reader, a new reader-centric version of substack.com, replete with categorized leaderboards and a ‘featured’ section. I’ve been staying off Twitter all da...
  • A conversation with filmmaker David Farrier, who likes Substack
    28 Apr 2020 • 2 min read • 2 2
    Hello, look at this. I interviewed David Farrier, maker and host of Tickled (Magnolia Films, HBO) and Dark Tourist (Netflix), about his career as an independent creative person and his new substack, W...
  • How I’d rebuild print media
    18 Apr 2020 • 10 min read • 12 4
    Last week, I wrote about how the New Zealand news media, mired in crisis, could reinvent itself by forsaking the ad-based business model. In this post, I dive into more detail for how to make this all...
  • Co-founders
    14 Apr 2020 • 6 min read • 17 5
    A few years ago, a young star of Silicon Valley bemoaned in an interview that the best minds of his generation were thinking about how to make people click ads. If he had been interviewed today, he mi...
  • What could the New Zealand media look like if it were reinvented?
    10 Apr 2020 • 6 min read • 8 5
    The New Zealand media is in a full-blown crisis. Last week, as it became clear that Covid-19 would deliver a crushing economic blow, the country’s largest magazine publisher abruptly shut down, killin...
  • Unexpected outcomes
    30 Mar 2020 • 2 min read
    Peter Hessler is the best writer about China I’ve ever come across and he has a new New Yorker story about being on Coronavirus-imposed lockdown in Chengdu. It is something of a narrative buster. The ...
  • Crisis baby
    25 Mar 2020 • 1 min read
    Steph’s water broke on Sunday, right after lunch, and with it she unleashed a river of sobs. So much tension, so much anxiety, just came gushing out. I felt it, too. We’d been sitting, waiting for the...
  • Why independence matters to writers
    14 Jun 2018 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Today, the Substack team spoke to a writer about their experience with the platform. When we asked, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely is it that you’d recommend Substack to a friend?,” the writer wit...
  • I'm going to write things here now
    08 May 2018 • 1 min read
    I’ve decided it would be nice to have an outlet for stray thoughts. I’m starting a substack (it’s more than a newsletter) for my personal writing. I’m not trying to build a huge audience, or make mone...
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