Yes To Italy. No To The IHT.

GARGNANO, ITALY:  Before I left I was thinking about the things I would miss the most about New York, and the first things that came to mind was the print editions of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Each morning I’ve been away—thus far, two—I wandered around a little nervously until I could get a International Herald Tribune into my hands.

The IHT is, essentially, the foreign edition of the New York Times, which has owned it singlehandedly since it broke some china in late 2002 in order to stop sharing it with the Washington Post. (This has allowed the Times to own 100% of its losses since then, but that’s another story.)  But it’s not the same as getting the New York Times.  The IHT feels distant. It lacks all urgency. It doesn’t demand your attention—a problem I have with “serious” English-language European newspapers in general.  The IHT feels Canadian in its remove from the events in America and elsewhere it describes, even though practically everything in it was written by an American and for an American audience. I have to squint at it really hard to make it resemble the New York Times; it’s the Times through a blurry glass. I don’t think this is just the jetlag talking, either.

Other than that: Italy is beautiful. Immediately after landing in Venice we headed over to Al Covo to talk about natural Italian wines with Al Covo owner Cesare Benelli and his fabulous and hilarious sommelier sommelier pal Mauro Lorenzon. (Lorenzon also writes a blog–hope you can understand Italian–and runs this wine bar where we had a rollicking late dinner. Late for us, at least.)

Yesterday it took Laurel and me several hours to realize it was Saturday, not Sunday.


Filed under International Herald Tribune, Italy, Natural Wine, Wine

6 responses to “Yes To Italy. No To The IHT.

  1. Hope you are having an amazing fabulous time. Love Ya


  2. I hope you and Jon are having a fabulous time. Looking forward to seeing your itinerary. Love Ya


  3. MT

    did u notice it was also riddled with spelling and grammatical errors?


  4. Mauro Vaisman

    So you got to meet another Mauro?
    Have a great time guys. I am having fun reading this blog.


  5. Dead on about the IHT.

    Just read the first four installments on your blog.
    I am hooked and look forward to living vicariously through your adventures and musings.

    L. Sabatier


  6. Susan Davis

    Laurel, I’m quite sure you remember me not, but I did take an MB course many years ago, 7-8 or so, and am also a sometime ago departed Random House employee. However, now re:IHT. Having just spent the past five years living in Kuwait, which we loved and is nothing at all like what you might imagine from any news source here in the states, reading the IHT after their local papers is simply devine. So, yes. NYT-lite, but encyclopedic in comparison to the Kuwait Times or The Arab Times. Just wait until you find some local English only papers in some of the countries you are bound to hit on your glorious adventure.
    I am loving reading your blog and am heartsick that I did nothing of the kind while I was away.
    Happy trails,
    Warm Regards,


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