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Benjamin Danet, General Director at But Editions
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #25
Benjamin Danet is a sports journalist and since 2012 has been the General Manager of But! Editions. But! Editions is an online press group that generates 40 million views per month and was acquired by Horizons Media one year ago. After graduating college with a degree in journalism and law, in the 90s, Benjamin started his career by specializing in soccer, then joined France-Soir, followed by Team Magazine. He is also the author of numerous French books on sports and soccer.
Note about Benjamin: he is a fan of the Saint Etienne soccer team and Bruce Springsteen (as you can read below).
Who is your biggest source of inspiration?
I don’t have anyone who is a significant source of inspiration. If I have to choose someone, it would be Bruce Springsteen, the E Street Band’s lead singer. The lyrics of his songs inspire me enormously.
How do you keep learning on a daily basis? What are your learning routines?
I think it’s mostly reading. As a result of working in the digital world, I spend much of my time on my computer. Reading is an escape for me. It allows me to stay in touch with learning. I love reading biographies and political inquiry books.
The radio: In the car, I listen to a lot of music, and yes, it is a source of learning for me 🙂
Meeting new people: I have the great fortune to meet many people thanks to my job.
Movies: This is another excellent way for me to escape.
What is your favorite podcast, and why 🎧?
I don’t listen to podcasts at all. I know this is something that is gaining momentum and that more and more people are enjoying them. Candidly, I have a little trouble getting started. I find it challenging to stay focused for a long time, and podcasts are often quite long.
There’s an article from Equipe Magazine 🇫🇷 on Ophélie Claude-Boxberger, who was suspected of doping. Ophélie is a French athlete specializing in middle distance events and the daughter of the famous legendary runner Jacky Boxberger. It’s a very creepy article and, at the same time, very well written.
(For our English readers, use the translate feature of Google Chrome to read this article in English.)
What are your favorite books and why 📚?
Biographies and Investigations:
The biography of Frank Sinatra, His Way by Kitty Kelley, shows America in the 1930s.
L’Envers du Décor by Jean-Pierre Jouyet is about his relations with Emmanuel Macron and Nicolas Sarkozy, the current and previous French presidents, respectively.
Une Farouche Liberté by Gisele Halimi
– Le Consentement by Vanessa Springora is about the little girl raped by the pseudo writer, the Mazdef case. This is a must-read while in lockdown, it’s absolutely terrible but speaks to an era that we can’t ignore. It exposes the literary world’s demons, and it shows how inhuman people can be and how even a mother can turn a blind eye to reality.
– Kaiser Karl by Raphaëlle Bacqué is an excellent book on Karl Lagerfeld: a great couturier, a lover of femininity, and a hyperactive boss.
If you were stuck alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?
It depends on what is on the island. If nothing else, probably a water purifier. Otherwise, I would bring a satellite-connected computer.
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