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Travels in Africa Excerpts

Travels in Africa Excerpts

The Hottest Place on Earth In mid-afternoon, four hours later than I’d expected, we came at last to In Salah: a short stretch of unbroken pavement, a gas station crowded with trucks and smelling of diesel, a bitter dust rising in great clouds of yellow as the winds...

What Can We Share?

What Can We Share?

What is needed to create the kind of conversation that will help us to be a strong, inventive society?  One answer is that we need something we share. What would that be? Lots of suggestions have been made, although in so large and multiple world many of them...

Law and Humaneness

Law and Humaneness

Watching what is happening in America today, I reflect that there might be people—Confucius could have been one—who can be trusted not to need law, but they are not likely to be the kind of people who want power.