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The future past

The future past

The things I have lost during this fellowship were constantly in my mind in the days heading to the end. I lost a piece of my universal plug. A cosmetic cream. A bath sponge. I lost and found my medicines, contact lenses and comb. I almost lost my iPhone. And now I am going to lose nine friends.

All these lost things made me remember the beautiful poem "One Art", by Elizabeth Bishop, in which she says we must master the art of losing:

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Newspapers of the USA. #1: Old Gray Lady

Newspapers of the USA. #1: Old Gray Lady

She is smart, but she also needs the looks. Right?

We have traveled around the USA for eight weeks and visited almost a dozen newspaper newsrooms, among other things. I'm going to write a couple of posts about U.S. newspapers, based on my observations. First two will be about the visual appearance and design of the papers (just one narrative, but split in half). Third will be about "survival stories" of media in turbulent times.

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Outgunning the law

Outgunning the law

Four people, included the company's owner, were killed about two weeks ago when a man opened fire at a Minneapolis workplace before turning the gun on himself. The fifth victim died later in one Minneapolis hospital. A couple of weeks earlier in August, a guy in a Batman dress entered a cinema near Denver to hunt down people waiting for the movie to start, and it has been five years so far, since a mad student massacred not less than 32 (mostly fellow students) at the Virginia Tech University before killing himself.

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Consumer protection - how to avoid sandwich anxiety, coffee confusion and a coke overdose

I’ve stared to feel intimidated when I order a coffee or a sandwich in the United States. Let me share a recent example from a well known coffee franchise in Chicago. It went something like this.

Me: “Could I have a coffee please?”

Lady:  “What size would you like? Tall, grande or venti?”

Me: ( Already on the back foot)  “The smallest one please.”

Lady: “OK tall. And what blend would you like, blonde, medium or bold?”

Me: ( Now on the defensive) “I don’t know.”

Lady: “What blend would you like sir, blonde, medium or bold?”

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The course of time works against Republicans in Texas

published 2nd of october - about demographic change and likely party affiliation in George W. Bush's hometurf, Texas

 

www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/welt/weltpolitik/491089_Zeit-arbeitet-gegen-Republikaner.html 

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Seeing your own country as a foreigner

Seeing your own country as a foreigner

One of the goals of the WPI Fellowship is to make America understandable for the ten foreign journalists who each year travel throughout the country to get in touch with the different aspects of its society, its politics, its media, its people, its partisan divisions.

Ely Echo Community Forum, Minnesota

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