This evening I will be giving the John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Lecture at Sidwell Friends School in DC. The classic account of John Zeidman's life is from 25 years ago here, in the New Yorker. I mentioned him briefly in the Atlantic last year.
Tomorrow morning I will be moderating a full-scale formal debate about the merits of industrial policy and "picking winners" at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, here
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is a staff writer 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. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America,
which has been a New York Times
best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.