My Emmy statue has arrived!
I am sure this is just what my parents were hoping to have gracing the top of the traditional family breakfront, when it ultimately ended up in one of their children's homes. Well, if the statue turns out to be more tasteful as a centerpiece on the dinner table, we can try that, starting at Thanksgiving. Or a hood ornament. Or a hat.
I write this, as it happens, on the second anniversary of my father's death. He would have liked teasing my mother about this slightly disrespectful appropriation of one of her favorite pieces of furniture.
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.