Observations From 20 Years of Iowa Life
December 13, 2011 9:04 PM Subscribe
“Those who stay in rural Iowa are often the elderly waiting to die, those too timid (or lacking in educated) to peer around the bend for better opportunities, an assortment of waste-toids and meth addicts with pale skin and rotted teeth, or those who quixotically believe, like Little Orphan Annie, that ‘The sun’ll come out tomorrow.’”
Just ahead of the Iowa Caucus
, New Jersey native turned University of Iowa Professor Stephen Bloom
has published a piece in The Atlantic
that has caused quite a stir in the heartland.
The piece, which is very critical of the Hawkeye State and her inhabitants, has a lot of Iowans on the defensive
, with one article calling Bloom the "Michelangelo of hick-punching."
Stephens has said the "feedback has been frightening," but he stands by his story.
Perhaps a 1971 Harper's piece on Iowa
captures the state with a bit more nuance.
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