Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to Write about the Balkans

Make sure to place yourself, the Western journalist, at the very center of the story. Include anecdotes about being strapped into the seat of some godforsaken regional airline as it makes a bumpy landing on a narrow strip of runway. Detail the sheer terror you feel in the company of your wild-eyed driver, who careens recklessly around the blind curves of deadly mountain roads.
Short, pleasant piece about this beautiful, but troubled region (see what I mean?) The history etched in the wrinkled faces of old men drinking coffee and the passion bubbling dangerously in the youth who swear they would never make the same mistakes.

I could go on for hours

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