Greetings from the land of the waste-oids and the hopeless, futureless elderly, where dates attend tractor pulls, men don't leave home without penknives and you never enter a home through the front door. Those descriptions appear in an article by University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen G. Bloom on The Atlantic website, "Observations from 20 Years of Iowa Life." The article triggered an old-fashioned Iowa thunderstorm of online outrage after it appeared late last week. Here's a summary of the news about the article's publication, as well as a sampling of reactions. Share your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of this page, or tell us where you've found an interesting take on the Bloom article.
Jan. 4: Guest column by Peter Feldstein, co-author of "Oxford Project," who now wishes Bloom's name was not on his book. "Iowans are generous, strong"
Jan. 3: Bloom defends his Atlantic article in interview on 'Rock Center'