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world more than anything written after the events of that day."
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July 30, 2010


Yesterday I gave a talk about Watching the World Change before several hundred at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The book was honored as this week’s CLCS offering so dozens of people in the community here have read it.

Founded in 1874, it is the longest-running book club in American history. And an idyllic retreat for the arts, with a spiritual bent. A lakeside paradise.

(The Chautauqua Daily ran a piece about the lecture, by Sarah Toth.)

Here is a link to the audio of the talk!

July 3, 2010


There was a report today, apropos of Independence Day, that one of the flags unearthed from the rubble at Ground Zero has been donated to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

In fact, I know of a half dozen significant American flags recovered from Ground Zero in the days and weeks after 9/11, though no one has yet to locate the actual banner from Thomas Franklin’s iconic “flag-raising photograph”—showing three firefighters hoisting the colors at the end of the day on September 11. (The definitive story of the famous flag is explored in last chapter of Watching the World Change.)

Best wishes to all for a peaceful 4th of July.