Well, I left a dozen eggs I bought in the local market in the car for day and forgot them. Well, my driver brought them to me the next day and they were softboiled from the heat. That’s how hot it gets here.
Hey, did you know the Iraqis are about to hold a National Conference of 1,000 delegates to choose the 100 members of the interim Iraqi parliament?
Hello all— Finally back from a much-needed holiday in Beirut, which I can report exceeds all expectations as a warm, friendly place. It’s incredibly refreshing to exit Iraq and find the part of the Middle East that really is full of warm, welcoming and funny people. I didn’t have to lie about my nationality, and it felt good not to have to constantly be on guard for someone trying to abduct me.
The piece I wrote for New York Magazine is up and titled “Fear Factor: An independent journalist in Iraq describes the ever-shifting safety rules—and coping mechanisms—of the Baghdad beat.
As you all know, I’ve been dealing with spam in the comments, trackbacks, etc. It’s become a grueling effort to moderate these comments to keep out the riffraff…. If I have not approved your comment, it was almost surely a mistake and not maliciousness on my part.) Anyway, I’m on a deathly slow Net connection here, which further complicates the comment-moderating chore.