Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ah, Zimbabwe


There was a nice piece in the L.A. Times over the weekend comparing trying to report in Zimbabwe with similar challenges in war-torn Chechnya. Well-worth the read, with many nice touches by correspondent Robyn Dixon.
Wish I could write like this:

"The road to Gweru beckons, like a painting: a ribbon of pocked gray tar, flanked by jagged red gravel lines and wide green stripes of bush daubed on thick and wild. Nimble gray monkeys leap from red to green as you pass."

I fear it's too late for me to learn. Too much TV, not enough poetry, in my youth.

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  1. i can confirm that the above is entirely true.... craig spent almost his entire youth watching tv in our basement and changing the channels with his toes. not kidding.

    but somehow this experience turned him into a hell of a reporter.

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  2. "The road to Gweru beckons, like a painting: a ribbon of pocked gray tar, flanked by jagged red gravel lines and wide green stripes of bush daubed on thick and wild. Nimble gray monkeys leap from red to green as you pass."

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  3. The small tag line at the bottom of this one is: "Casual sex is dangerous. HIV kills."
    And below I'm re-posting a nice television ad from Mozambique. And here is a radio interview I did Sunday morning on WTOP radio in Washington.

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