In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 4/1/20

Yesterday I spent a couple hours out running errands. The little book-publishing outfit I run received a second outstanding Amazon order for the same book (When Tribesmen Came Calling, Qaisar Shareef’s fine memoir of his career as Pakistan and Ukraine country head for...

In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 3/31/20

I hesitated to dive into the task of writing this diary, because I knew it would be ongoing and that it would demand a lot from me. I decided to do it because I knew it was the right thing for me to do, that I’m built to do it, that this is something I’m ready and...

In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 3/25/20

Now what? It seems to me there are two pressing questions facing us now. One is sociopolitical: How will society respond? The answer surely will be – already is – mixed and messy, because many people are responding well but in America you can’t herd cats the way they...

In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 3/23/20

In this diary’s first entry, on March 3, I recalled my experience as an eyewitness to the coup d’etat in Cambodia in early July 1997 and wrote that it taught me that “military takeovers take place in a country when civilian politics and institutions have broken down.”...

In the Time of Coronavirus: Seattle, 3/22/20

Today is Sunday. On Friday, despite his urgings, I decided not to leave the house to go for a walk with my friend Jeb. Jenny had an attack of worry about my health and safety, and so did I actually, and also I found myself just plain tired. So I stayed home and tilled...