Thomas Friedman knows something about the world — “flat” — and knows a good deal about the United Kingdom and a well-rounded education. He was a Marshall Scholar in the 1970′s and married his wife there.
So the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist stood ready with some advice last night for this year’s U.K.-bound Marshall Scholars at the residence of British Ambassador Peter Westmacott.
Friedman’s Top-10 pointers:
1. Make the The Evening Standard your go-to paper.
2. Read all the other British papers every day.
3. Befriend a Marxist.
4. Don’t be afraid to criticize or defend America.
5. Go to Russia.
6. Be a good listener. “It’s not just about us. Listening is a sign of respect.”
7. Get to know your fellow scholars. Friedman is still buddies with his.
8. Get married in London, where he married his wife, Ann. He said the airfare will deter “annoying third cousins.”
9. Seek out British conservatives. “In America, they’re called central Democrats.”
10. Learn to like Indian food.