Rocky Mountain High

The Goldblog Worldwide Opinion Center has moved itself to Colorado temporarily for the Atlantic-co-sponsored Aspen Ideas Festival. The Goldblog Worldwide Opinion Center (GWOC, for short) will be up and functioning as soon as Goldblog gets over his altitude sickness, which Goldblog is experiencing for the first time after many Aspen Ideas Festivals. Altitude sickness may cause Goldblog to espouse opinions he doesn't actually have, so if you read in this space in the coming days an endorsement of the Hamas charter, for instance, please feel free to ignore.

The Ideas Report
Right now I'm sitting in a session moderated by the Atlantic's Corby Kummer, who is interviewing Gary Taubes, the guy who has taken all the fun out of Little Debbie snack cakes. I've brought my ten-year-old son to the session; he wants to speak up on behalf of glazed doughnuts. He would be quite popular for doing so. I'm moderating a bunch of sessions in the coming days on 9/11 and the future of counterterrorism, and I'll be posting interesting notions I hear about in this space whenever possible.

In the meantime, please read Alexis Madrigal's interesting ideas about ideas, and his coverage of the opening session of the Festival.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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