Back in a Few Days

Enjoy the springtime weekend.
Your correspondent, on the road in southern Georgia. Explanation to come. (Deborah Fallows)

For day-job reasons, I don't expect to have anything in this space for the next few days. 

In the meantime, I offer two resources on the MH370 front. One is an extremely detailed "Markov Chain Monte Carlo"-style analysis, by Conor Myhrvold at Fast Company. Its upshot is a contention that the plane must have made several "intentional" turns after it dropped out of normal contact. Under what circumstances, and why, and at whose intention is unknown. But worth considering.

The other is the Twilight Zone episode below, from back in 1961. It's "The Arrival," about an airline flight whose fate was a profound puzzlement. Has topical resonance.

As I post this, the full episode is available via YouTube. I don't know how long that will remain true, but it's there for now. Thanks to reader PG for the tip.


On return in a few days, we're back to our American Futures travels, with more about upstate South Carolina, site of the business news indicated below; southern Georgia around St. Marys; and the Central Valley of California from Fresno to Winters. Plus more on "career technical" education and electronic medical records. Stay tuned.

And an explanation of the photo at the top.

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James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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