For freelance writer and former Daily Caller reporter Jeff Winkler, pulling off crazy stunts is just part of doing the Lord’s work for journalism and providing a service to the general public.
Whether its his recent experimentation with hazing rituals like “butt-chugging” — or documenting the story of his broken penis – Winkler believes immersion journalism helps eliminate the authorial distance associated with traditional reporting.
“I hate writing about myself,” he insists when asked about the “butt-chugging” story. “But I thought, crap, this a good story, I can’t not write it. Sure, I degrade myself for a couple hours, but I’ve done worse.”
Whether it’s by design, or not, Winkler belongs to a new generation of young writers helping keep the tradition of Gonzo journalism alive. His antics rival Hunter S. Thompson taking acid and Christopher Hitchens getting a bikini wax and waterboarded.
When asked where his fans can find more of his work, Winkler advised people to check the police reports for the day in Austin and Arkansas.