Away from English language newspapers and without a radio, I’ve found myself startlingly uninterested in American news. How’s the health care bill doing? How about the Big Three? ArtPrize? The closest I come to following the news these days is listening to the “Wait, wait, don’t tell me!” podcast. This is embarrassing, but true of my life abroad.
I don’t even read the NY Times headlines anymore, but I do still subscribe to the Times Topics feed After the Deadline, “Notes from the newsroom on grammar, usage and style.” This week’s entry was in praise of the subjunctive, which always puts me in a good mood. If I were hypothetically in Grand Rapids this semester, it would be necessary that I copy edit for Chimes. Gotta get my grammar fix.
Speaking of Chimes, our group is very grateful to whoever on campus got the Chimes Web site functioning again. Well, Kristen and I are at least. Political news and the numbers aside, stories from home help us keep in touch, and in the throes of homesickness, I will even read the Campus Safety Report to feel connected to life in Grand Rapids. Now, can anyone find a way for me to get access to Calvin Matters while I’m here?