The Corner

Off The Beaten Track

More fan letters from way-out-of-the-way places (following the one from

Tibet I posted Saturday):

“Mr. Derbyshire—Just wanted you to know that I’m in Malabo, Equatorial

Guinea, home of extreme poverty, black mamba snakes, the murdering scumbag

Parade Magazine rated the sixth worst dictator in the world (that was before

Saddam was outed, so I guess he’s in the top five now), one of the highest

malaria to mosquito ratios in Africa, and the subject of an SEC

investigation involving the client for our project.

“That wasn’t enough to satisfy my addiction to pessimism, so I’ve been

tuning in to Derb’s daily demotivators in the Corner. I’m sure you have a

map full of pins somewhere that marks the worldwide locations from where

you’ve received correspondence from Corner fans, so now you can put one on

E.G.!

“(Actually, Bioko Island really is beautiful, especially when the weather

clears up. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t recommend it for an NR Cruise stop.)”

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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