Descriptions of some 400 cities have now arrived. If you sent one in before about 11:30am EDT today, and left a valid email address, you should have received a note from me by now. If you've written since then, I'll follow up later. And if you left a fake email address, like the classic-of-its-kind TotallyFakeAddress@gmail.com (or real ones with typos, like the surprisingly common @gmail.con), know that we appreciate the suggestions all the same.
As I mentioned in my note to city-suggesters just now, my wife and I have been simply overwhelmed, in a good way, by the variety, intensity, vividness, and wit of the cases that many people have made for their towns. If we never did any actual travel, we would already know a lot more about the country. But in fact we're planning to head off tomorrow -- weather and all other circumstances permitting.
On the principle that it might be interesting for readers, and in the certainty that drawing on the experience and insight of people all around the country will be a huge plus, I'll plan soon to post a master list of currently nominated cities. That obviously will be no "final" working list. "Permanent beta," as they say in the tech world, is our motto for everything about this project, from the places we'll go to the things we'll find to cover to the way we present it online and in print.