Driving down 101, Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, and the cell phone rings: Ready to go on the air? Whoops! Through re-scheduling I wasn't aware of, on the Al Franken show one day earlier than I expected, and from cell phone at 75mph freeway speeds -- I mean, "keeping up with the traffic" highest legal speed -- while cradling the phone with one hand and steering with the other. Link is here.
James Fallows 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.