Apropos only of good cheer for the day: If you haven't yet tried the oddly named Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale from Lagunitas, or if -- like me -- you'd been put off by knowing that it's a "summer beer" or "wheat beer," I'm here to say, Time's a-wastin'. This is really excellent beer. Not only "good for a wheat beer" but just good. Here it is in the back yard this evening.
More good news as it occurs. (Thanks to Chris Dively for the tip about Little Sumpin'.)
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James Fallows is a staff writer at 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 Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the 2018 book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which was a national best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.