Dateline: SWA flight from BWI to Providence, 3 June 2004
I canít believe Iím heading home for a reasonably long stretch of time with no travel. Feels like Iíve been on the road most days since late April. This morning when I woke up in the hotel, I had no idea where I was.
The big bright spot right now, I keep fielding phone calls and emails about the CSPAN interview with Lamb on Book Notes. The reach of that show continues to amaze me.
Less of a bright spot: the sense that the great run is over. But I feel like itís definite that the message and the vision is out there now, and that things are going to start happening for me, the book, and for this country. The word I hear from people a lot right now is ìgalvanized,î which is a great word.
Galvanized for what? Iím not sure. But there are so many good ideas out thereólike renewing the Spirit of America. Thatís why I feel this vision connects with people: it touches our innate ability to be both optimistic and generous. Plenty will say none of this can be done (too costly, too hard, too long term).
I saw a greatest generation imagine a future worth creating and pull it off over the second half of the twentieth century. I see our time just beginning . . ..
And yet . . . I foresee a very slow weekend for me . . ..
Hereís the catch:
ìSigns That North Korea Is Coming to Market,î by James Brooke, New York Times, 3 June, p. W1.Saudis: What meóworried about terrorism?
ìNorth Koreaís Drug Habit,î by Victor Cha and Chris Hoffmeister, NYT, 3 June, p. A27.
ìPreying On Saudi Arabia,î by Jim Hoagland, Washington Post, 3 June, p. A19.Doctors without bodyguards
ìTo Thwart Terrorism, Saudis Outline Controls on Charities,î by Susan Schmidt, WP, 3 June, p. A16.
ìSaudi Attack Spurs More U.S. Workers To Pull Up Stakes,î by Neil MacFarquhar, NYT, p. A1.
ìFive Aid Workers Shot to Death In an Ambush in Afghanistan: The Taliban admit to the killings and promise more,î by Carlotta Gall, NYT, 3 June, p. A5.China wants Britneyóbut not too much
ìPop Notes,î by K. Wilcox, WP, 2 June, p. C5.Another EU in the makingóinside China!
ìChinese Provinces Form Regional Economic Bloc: Beijing Backs Move to Lower Barriers,î by Keith Bradsher, NYT, 2 June, p. W1.GlasnostóChinese style
ìChina Opens a Window on the Really Big Ideas: The public gets to hear the great decisions of state kicked around,î by Howard W. French, NYT, 2 June, p. A4.How to buy a war without really approving
ìCurrency exchange rates matter and will play a prominent role in determining the kind of recovery the U.S. economy experiences,î Hal R. Varian, NYT, 3 June, p. C2.The Core is ready to get real on ag subsidies
ìW.T.O. Moves to Revive Talks on Farm Subsidies: After disappointment in Cancun, a mood for compromise between the rich and the poor,î by Elizabeth Becker, NYT, 2 June, p. C4.