December 27, 2005

Libya Essay (Finally!) To Be Published

A year ago the LA Weekly sent me to Libya after the US government lifted the travel ban. I wrote a sprawling 6,500 word essay about my experience in that crazy place. It is perhaps the best thing I have ever written, and it sat on the editor’s desk for nearly all of 2005.

This week it finally, at long last, will be published.

One of the frustrating things about paid writing work is the sometimes enormous delay between the time I’m finished working on something and the time it actually shows up in print. I’d say blogging has spoiled me, but I don’t think that quite says it.

Anyway, I am grateful this thing will finally see the light of day. Watch for the link here in this space.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at December 27, 2005 02:19 PM
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congratulations!

Posted by: stephen at December 27, 2005 06:23 PM

Congratulations Michael! Outside of going to LA to pick up a copy of their Weekly, where can we read this awesome literary contribution of yours??

Christy

Posted by: Christy at December 28, 2005 06:23 AM

Glad to hear the Libya piece will finally be published. I'd also like to say that the "Guess Who’s Coming to Iftar" article they published was truly frightening. Be safe.

Posted by: Mark Poling at December 28, 2005 12:48 PM

Ouch! As a somtimes writer/teacher, I gotta say that is NOT a good sign that they took that long to finally publish that essay. hope they didnt' butcher the original content too much since that is usually what ends up happening with such a long delay.

Posted by: Graham at December 28, 2005 09:42 PM

Michael, Great article on Lybia. Power Line tipped me off to it, for which I thank them greatly. Lybia sounds like a real vacation spot from hell. And I'm now a teatotaler. But for most people, the ban on alcohol alone would rule out Lybia for a vacation. Lucky you happened to run into a few nice people. After finishing the article, I thought how self-inhibiting it was for the West to have feared Quadafi so much circa 1983.

Posted by: John Judge at December 29, 2005 05:24 PM

Michael, Great article on Lybia. Power Line tipped me off to it, for which I thank them greatly. Lybia sounds like a real vacation spot from hell. And I'm now a teatotaler. But for most people, the ban on alcohol alone would rule out Lybia for a vacation. Lucky you happened to run into a few nice people. After finishing the article, I thought how self-inhibiting it was for the West to have feared Quadafi so much circa 1983.

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