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Monday, January 10, 2011
Tom Rachman discusses his debut novel, The Imperfectionists. It follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters and editors of an English-language newspaper in Rome.
This novel reminds me of the Rome Daily American where I did my journalism internship in 1968 when Leslie Childs was the editor. I wonder if Tom Rachman was inspired by its history in any way... or perhaps he had just heard about it since it folded in the seventies, I believe.
despite their own apparent disorientation, i will forever perceive iht's reporters as the demigods of the outside world.
for me and my fellow americans toiling away in a third world capital during the 90s, with internet and even faxes all but banned, reading three day old ihts in our version of "casablanca" was the only thing that kept us from truly believing we were living on the surface of pluto.
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