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On the Inside Looking Out (International New York Times)

MADRID — Last week, through the paper-thin walls of my apartment, I overheard my neighbor, a septuagenarian retiree, shouting on the telephone while she was cooking dinner.

“They say that we’re all going hungry in Spain,” she gawked incredulously amid the sizzles in the kitchen. “Things are bad, but, really, can you believethat?”

She was complaining about foreign journalists. Another spate of articles had come out in the international press about the Spanish economy, including one with photos in The New York Times  that caused a stir.

Spaniards like my neighbor are feeling overexposed to foreign scrutiny these days. One 30 year-old, just out of a job, was alluding to the media din when she told me: “It’s battering to wake up everyday to the apocalypse.” Another explained: “There isn’t work, fine, but the world constantly talking about it is almost as bad.”

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