Wednesday, November 08, 2006

From "The Happy Isles of Oceania" - Paul Theroux (quoted in Brad Newsham's "Take Me With You"):

The woman known on board as The Countess...said she was a travel writer. "I am writing a story for the best and most brilliant newspaper in the world" - and she named a German daily paper. "They respect me so much that in seventeen years they have changed only one sentence of mine."

"What was the sentence?"
"It was very reactionary you will think," The Countess said.
"I'll be the judge of that."
"All right then. "Three hundred years of colonialism have done less harm to the world than thirty years of tourism."
I smiled at her and said, "That's brilliant."

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