Here is something interesting. My favourite magazine is produced in the US, my favourite newspaper is American. My favourite humorous publication is American and one of my favourite authors for young children is American. Maybe now is the time to spell favourite like this: favorite.
As a child I read National Geographics at my grandmother’s. She had a connection to the US, because her daughter lived in Santa Rosa, CA and, being afraid of flying, she would visit by sea and train. Geographics told me about an amazing world out there. I now have every one between 1998 and today.
In my early twenties I read the International Herald Tribune every Saturday. Once I left the UK it remained my favorite read. There is simply no newspaper/website which comes close in terms of quality reporting, global view and analysis. It’s called the International New York Times now.
On business trips to the US in the early 2000s I discovered The Onion on visits to Borders and the other fantastic bookstores. It is a satirical magazine/website and is hilarious. Their best book is called ‘Our Dumb World’ and is a guide to all countries of the world. It is offensive and hilarious. Every house should own one. It should be a federal offense if you do not own one.
Robert McCloskey wrote children’s books in the 1950s. He won the Caldecott Medal several times, which recognises American children’s book authors. ‘Blueberries for Sal’, read to me this evening by my son, tells of a mother and daughter and bear and cub gathering berries for winter. ‘One Morning in Maine’ is a delightful story about a family on summer holiday, and ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ shows how a family of ducks has fun and is looked after in Boston. The books are timeless.
So, thank you America and thank you Americans. You rock.