Letters from England
I spent the entire calendar year of 1998 in England, writing and travelling. While I was there, I wrote some letters and essays, which I sent back to all my American friends in an effort to explain the British landscape to them. (It seemed more productive than just complaining about how I hadn’t seen sunshine in weeks.) They’re organized roughly chronologically below.
And the infinite entertainment available in Sainsbury’s.
My First Week
Seven days that shook a nation.
Strangely addictive British television.
My home for many months.
Top of the Pops
The world’s best music television show.
In twenty-one varieties.
So much stranger than you imagined.
The tale of the angry editorial and the apology.
World Cup Songs
“And a bucket of vindaloo.”
Pepsi Max was ultimately released in the United States as Pepsi One.
The wretched appliance.
The green omphalos of the civilized world.