Busting our red, white, and blue buttons
Even before coffee the following morning, the thrill of all those millions of faces remains with me–glossy black and pasty white and all the colors in between, marching in the sun across this country and having such a blast at it. Men and women from Senegal or Ireland, families from Bangladesh and Iran, waving their multiplicity of flags and speaking their marvelous texture of accents, people who love, simply love being here. I’e2’80’99m still choked up thinking of them all, and honestly, I think that instead of holding up that torch and peering into the night, Liberty ought to be spreading out her arms to welcome them all in. Borders are obsolete, racial prejudice is a slap in God’e2’80’99s face, and today, just for a little while, I’e2’80’99m just overjoyed to be an American.
And now it’e2’80’99s May, so if you have any questions for Laurie, send ‘e2’80’98em in. I can’e2’80’99t promise I’e2’80’99ll do an Ask Laurie next month, since the book will be out and the tour barreling in on me like an express train, so here’e2’80’99s your chance.
And by the way, those of you who have been following the trials of the Italian writer Mario Spezi as publicized by his co-author Doug Preston will be interested to see this from Sarah Weinman’e2’80’99s blog:
In an email statement, Preston explained the situation: “[On Saturday morning], unexpectedly, an independent three-judge panel annulled the imprisonment of the Italian journalist Mario Spezi and ordered his immediate release. He was set free unconditionally, not even under house arrest. The judges clearly did not think very highly of the evidence–or rather the lack thereof–that Judge Mignini and Chief Inspector Giuttari had presented against Spezi. While Spezi’s legal problems are far from over, at least he is finally out of the grim Capanne Prison.
My friends in Italy tell me that the enormous publicity surrounding the case, in Italy and in America, was an important reason why the panel took the unusual step of overruling a fellow judge and annulling Mignini’s order of imprisonment.”