Into Africa with Nick Kristof

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Journalism student Casey Parks has won a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accompany Nick Kristof" on his next trip to Africa. The attempt to sell TimesSelect "stir up a broader interest in the developing world among young people" should provide Kristof fans with at least a few more salacious descriptions of nubile young sex workers in need of Kristofian salvation. Parks snagged the top prize with lines like this:

"I want to learn by seeing. I feel deeply, and I know journalism. I'm strong, and have no need for 5-star hotels or other luxuries. In person, I'm charming and sweet and considerate, but still bold and fearless…

"I saw my mother skip meals. I saw my father pawn everything he loved. I saw our cars repossessed. I never saw France or London."

A grad student who has never summered in Europe?? That's just like being raised in Equatorial Guinea. At any rate, both should consult Granta's superb guide to writing about Africa before taking off.

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  1. Nick Kristof is dreamy. I was once at a UN NGO conference where he was moderating a debate on something and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.

  2. Nick Kristof is dreamy. I was once at a UN NGO conference where he was moderating a debate on something and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.

  3. Is this the same guy who wrote the other day in praise of Denmark for enacting laws to reduce the legal taste, er, fat content of its food? I only heard about it second hand thru Howard Stern, who also likes the idea. Fuck both of them.

  4. That Granta guide is a laugh riot.

    Michael Palin must have seriously taken his advice before making his travel-documentary Sahara.

  5. “I saw my mother skip meals. I saw my father pawn everything he loved. I saw our cars repossessed. I never saw France or London.”

    Makes me wonder if she got a job and helped out?

    I’m strong, and have no need for 5-star hotels or other luxuries.

    I wonder if she understands that she’s “strong” because of the “luxuries” (like a roof over her head, refrigeration, clean water) she had growing up.

  6. “I never saw France or London.”

    Does anybody else hate it when someone mixes a reference to a nation with a reference to a city? Why not say “France or Britain” or “Paris or London”?

  7. Why the gratuitous mention of Equatorial Guinea? Could it be that the writer expects tonight’s Lost season finale to reveal that the Losties are actually on Bioko (Fernando Poo) in Equatorial Guinea?

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