Iowa, USA

By David Hill In Travel

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23rd July, 2011
‘I came from Des Moines. Someone had to.” If Bill Bryson meant it as a put-down, Iowans are used to them. “They think we’re, like, all corn and pigs,” our driver grumbled about flaky Californians and pushy New Yorkers. “They have, like, this picture of someone obese in overalls, eating fried food.” Thanks to Creative NZ, I spent three months in Iowa, and specifically in Iowa City, masquerading as a writer in residence while I gazed out my window at the pure metal cubes of Frank Gehry’s Advanced Technologies Laboratories. I can confirm the abundance of corn. And pigs. And ...

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