We’ve received an overwhelming response to this blog post, which was written from the convention floor on Tuesday. As the post states, I saw delegates chanting “U.S.A. !” and silencing Puerto Rican committee chair Zoraida Fonelladas, who was trying to speak. It appeared to me and to those around me that the chant was being directed at her.
He drove the length of the country and back again for the next decade, speaking to virtually no one. He lacked for nothing. His 18-wheeler had a bedroom with a TV and microwave. He lived off a diet of packaged foods and microwavable meals he picked up at truck stops. He could shower there and catch a quick conversation with a stranger before hopping back on the highway. His life was sealed off in an American roadside purgatory. Eventually, he added a computer to the appliances in the semi’s bunkroom.
Q: Why do you write? What drives you to do this? A: Writing helps me better understand the world around me. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. If I didn’t write, I’d feel dumber and less human. As a journalist, I deal exclusively with facts, and a big part of my work is asking ‘why?’ so that I can help my readers to better understand the world around them, too. Q: How did you come to writing? A: My love for reading came first, and I think that’s how it has to be.
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