April 04, 2006

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Sorry for being aloof right after I said I'm back. To be clear, I'm back in the Unites States, not back in my apartment in Lebanon. I feel a small amount of culture shock and a major amount of dislocation. This morning it took me a full thirty seconds to figure out which country I woke up in. I love traveling, but I've been doing far too much of it lately.

Two days after I arrived home in Oregon I flew to Southern California to visit my father-in-law after the doctors cracked open his chest and did major surgery on his heart. I'm finally back in my house where I intend to stay put for a while and get back to the business of writing. Just give me a minute (er, half a day actually) to get myself together.

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Welcome back home, Michael and well wishes to your father-in-law and family through this trying time. Please make time to take care of yourself and yours. Best, Natasha

Posted by: Natasha at April 4, 2006 11:18 PM

I sure hope your father in law is well.

Thanks for letting us know which home you went home to. Keeping your wife happy is important.

Guess I'll keep waiting.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Libertay Dad at April 5, 2006 03:27 AM

Best wishes to your father-in-law, and hopes for a speedy recovery.

As impatient as I am to hear about your travels, first things first. Get settled back at home and take care of yourself.

Posted by: diane wilson at April 5, 2006 08:18 AM

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You and I both have travelled way too much in the last three months. I'm very much looking forward to at least a month and a half without any trips.

I wish I could have been at your going away party in Beirut. You are already missed. I immediately felt a void on my return. There is a deep metaphysical chasm now suspended six floors up in the air between Zaatr w Zeit and the Blue Note.

I'm looking forward to reading your new articles.

Posted by: lebanon.profile at April 5, 2006 08:38 AM

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I miss you, too. I miss Beirut and all my friends there. But it's so nice to be home at the same time.

I'll answer your last email properly when I get settled. Sorry for being out of it for a while.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at April 5, 2006 09:02 AM

Michael, I'm happy you are back home. I also think you should take as long as you need to get settled.

Posted by: cathy at April 5, 2006 11:18 AM

Timing. Nancy just took off on her own travels. Now you'll have to wait a bit to have a cup of Ristretto coffee with her. Still think you two could set up a great and unique publishing enterprise. No more kowtowing before distant editors and such.

Posted by: allan at April 5, 2006 01:42 PM

Allan,

Nancy and I have agreed to discuss this as soon as we're both in the same city again. We'll see what happens.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at April 5, 2006 01:53 PM

Welcome home, glad you're back safe and sound. Hope there is good news on your FIL's health.

Posted by: DodgerGirl at April 5, 2006 04:31 PM

Welcome home Michael!!! I've enjoyed your writing very much over the past few months. Be well, and best wishes for your Father-in-Law.

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Heh, you picked a good time to come back to PDX, the weather is starting to really get nice.

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Essays

Terror and Liberalism
Paul Berman, The American Prospect

The Men Who Would Be Orwell
Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer

Looking the World in the Eye
Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic Monthly

In the Eigth Circle of Thieves
E.L. Doctorow, The Nation

Against Rationalization
Christopher Hitchens, The Nation

The Wall
Yossi Klein Halevi, The New Republic

Jihad Versus McWorld
Benjamin Barber, The Atlantic Monthly

The Sunshine Warrior
Bill Keller, The New York Times Magazine

Power and Weakness
Robert Kagan, Policy Review

The Coming Anarchy
Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic Monthly

England Your England
George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn