I’m kind of a sucker for Bill Bryson, who initially made his name writing columns in the U.K. as the fish-out-of-water American. In large part Bryson went native, however, now makes his permanent home in the U.K., holds positions with British universities and, depending on what he’s writing, often comes off more British than he does American.
His opposite is a guy named Justin Webb, who writes about what it’s like to be a Brit in the United States. He has not gone native:
“There are several areas where I’m completely un-American,” he asserts down a crackly phone line from Washington DC. “I cannot be bothered with any of the sport, I find it incredibly boring, I’d rather watch people play rounders than baseball.
Before you register your shock and outrage, keep in mind that the guy has a pretty warped perspective on other things as well:
“The food I also find really difficult, I never understood the thinking that if you eat healthy food you’re suddenly making a statement about how sensible and down to earth you are. “It seems to me that American eating habits are appalling, but it’s not so bad for me because I travel so much.”
If he’s the kind of guy who would rather have spotted dick than apple pie, I’m not going to get too bent out of shape when he slags on baseball.