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Viljami Puustinen

Antti Viljami Puustinen
Born December 18, 1969, Helsinki

Master of Arts (Theatre Research) 2006, University of Helsinki
Vocational qualification in Business and Administration 1992, Espoonlahti Business College

Freelance journalist and writer of non-fiction 2011–
Editor-in-chief 2007–2011, Rumba-lehti
Assistant, inter alia, Ylioppilaslehti, Like Uutiset, Johnny Kniga kertoo, Kauppalehti, Bisnes.fi, Image, Iso Numero (Finnish version of the Big Issue)
Record shop salesman 1992–1994, Fazer Music Itäkeskus

Kingston Wall – Petri Wallin saaga, Like 2014
22-Pistepirkko, Like 2005
This is USA – Hellsinki rock&roll underground ‘89–‘99, Like 2000

Photo: Pete Leppänen / Like Kustannus

Written by Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta
Translated by Matthew Billington

My Best Memories from the University of Helsinki

My best memory from the University is connected to a theatre excursion led by professor Pirkko Koski. At the tail end of my studies, the Department of Theatre Research organized an excursion to Kajaani Town Theatre, where we were to watch the play Huutavan ääni korvessa (‘The Sound of a Shouting Man in the Wilds’) by Kristian Smeds.

We took a train to Kajaani. It was clear I was one of the oldest students on the trip. Pirkko Koski had asked me to come because Smeds was the topic of my master’s thesis. For years I had been trying to figure out exactly what high culture was, what good entertainment was, and where the line between the two was drawn. From there the discussion somehow shifted to Henning Mankell’s Wallander novels. I had read some of these detective stories and enjoyed them in secret. Then Pirkko Koski began to praise them. I felt like I could come out of the closet, that you were free to talk about all manner of literature and be open about your appreciation of even the more popular works.

In the group we then discussed what was great about the Wallander novels—the plot structure, the perceptive descriptions of the main characters and maintaining the interest of the reader throughout several places and times.

Viljami Puustinen
A serious humanities student at the Kurkirock Festival in the summer of 1997. Photo by Tina Korhonen.


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