First, because it has import on a larger scale, I was pleased this morning to read an essay in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan called “A Hope for America” and no, it isn’t all-about-Obama. It focuses on the big picture, AMERICA as a concept as well as a country, and the state of things, the emotional well we seem to find ourselves in, and what our candidates should have their eyes on. I recommend the article if not the book (of course, there is a book which I haven’t read yet since I just heard about it). Here’s a quote that sums up the solution she advocates in her article.
“What we need most right now, at this moment, is a kind of patriotic grace–a grace that takes the long view, apprehends the moment we’re in and eschews the politically cheap and manipulative.”
Second, because she is a friend and an excellent writer, Anne-Marie Gomez makes her debut at Every Day Fiction today with her story “Lester’s Lucky Day.” It’s crackerjack. Go immediately to EDF, do not pass go, do not collect $200.