Monday, January 19, 2004


Dear all: I will be posting this week from England and Belgium, where I have come in order to cover the Iowa caucuses. I decided to 'think outside the box' and not hop on the prairie-bound bandwagon with all the other 'journalists.' Rather, I thought: why not provide our readers with some European perspective on the American electoral season's opening salvos. By that I don't mean that I intend to read European coverage of U.S. politics and then report on it. Rather, I mean to peruse the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other traditional American media--but from computers that are in Europe--and then develop insightful posts from those observations. I think it will be an exciting experiment in cross-cultural understanding. For instance: why was my taxi from Heathrow so outrageously expensive--yet the hourly access fee at the internet cafe I'm writing from is so utterly damn reasonable? This and more, folks...this and more.

(And when I'm in Belgium I plan to investigate whether the Flemish and French-speaking Belgians have differing or similar opinions on whether Kerry looks French--and whether that is perceived as a good or a bad thing.)

If anything in these posts looks awry (other than the content) it must be on account of these weird English keyboards.

Happy Caucusing!


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