Thursday, April 2, 2009

The only way to understand America

So I caught this interview on NPR with Evan Wright, the author of "Generation Kill," about his new collection, "Hella Nation." You get to learn about fun stuff like eco-warriors, extreme alienation and Barely Legal magazine.

Toward the end, Wright said TV news gets America wrong because essentially, it shows a fake Main Street. Just listen.

Since I heard this, I've been thinking a lot about how we frame stories and how often we settle for the standard description of a town or an occupation. If nothing else, let Wright remind you that nobody fits the mold.