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I wanted to introduce the Bureau’s two new travel series and a political column. I’m excited (skateboarders might say “stoked”) about our sharp new contributing writers.
For the past month and a half, Locke McKenzie has been giving us his American perspective on living in Germany. His column, The Rambling American, has tackled a scattershot of subjects ranging from national identity to riots to beer.
Daniel Adler is researching the effectiveness of Sister Cities International. His travel series, Visa on Arrival, features an itinerary with stops in South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, and Vietnam. This is his second trip to Asia, the first of which is brilliantly documented through photographs on his personal site, Adlerography. Also, expect new photos from this trip to show up there and on the Bureau.
With W(h)ither America 2008, Josh Fischel becomes our new political columnist. As an unabashed Obama supporter/American, he’ll provide snarky commentary on the presidential race. He may even break the Bureau’s historically stringent publishing schedule by writing on a Tuesday or Thursday, but that’s okay, because he’s a maverick. Josh has been published in The Believer, which is the only magazine I’ve ever paid eight dollars for.
And for new readers to the site, I hope you take the time to peruse our archives. Here are some of our recent favorites.
- The Only Three Questions (Arts)
- There’s No Room for Romance in Comedy (Arts)
- Candidate Cuisine (Humor)
- The Problem with Biking in America (Opinion)
- The Financial Crisis, As Explained to My Fourteen-Year-Old Sister (Opinion)
- Staff List: The Worst Videos on YouTube (Squid)
And as always, thanks for reading.