Recently, in a discussion with your grandmother about our new president, it dawned on me: my heroes — those whom I respect and admire the most — have sacrificed.
It wasn’t all about them. They risked everything for others. They were truly great in my mind.
And then just a week or so later I was listening to an interview of Kara Swisher and heard her say, “I’m moved by sacrifice.” That’s it, I thought. I, too, am moved by sacrifice. Continue reading
Vera, your mom challenged me to come up with a list of books that influenced me. I’ve been thinking about it. Without success.
There are a few reasons. First, I’m not comfortable with lists. They exclude too much. Second, it’s hard to find a complete work that is exceptional, especially in contemporary literature. Too many potentially great essays become mediocre books. Third, writings that may have influenced me at an earlier stage of my life don’t mean as much to me today, and vice versa. Context matters. Fourth, many of the words that influenced me the most came in the form of letters and speeches, not books.
Yet I do want to share with you, Vera, some of the words that matter to me. And so I begin, in no particular order, with more to come in the months ahead. Continue reading