Books You Cannot Read

If you were counting on reading Mark Sanford’s book I have some bad news for you. His book deal has fallen through.

While driving up north I listened to a few NPR podcasts. This included yesterday’s episode of Fresh Air which included an interview with Jeff Sharlet on his book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. This is the secret religious group which Mark Sanford and many other conservatives belong to. They believe certain political leaders were chosen by God. As they are chosen by God they are above conventional morality. This explains Sanford’s comparison of himself to King David, which he sees as justifying his affair and making resignation unthinkable to him.

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    Oh-my-God! Oh well, I don’t think this is any great loss for the literati among us.

    Knew you couldn’t go without gadgets for more than about an hour.  ; )

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    Ron Chusid says:

    What made you think there was ever any idea of going without gadgets for even an hour? I’m actually traveling light. No camcorder because we are going for such a short time (and two of the digital cameras take HD video). Plus for the first time I’m using a little netbook instead of my  bigger notebook.

    Since the blog was formed there have been several times when it has come from the summer offices at Grand Hotel, along with multiple trips to New York, Miami. San Francisco and elsewhere in the region, and several trips to visit family near Detroit.  Tons of gadgets come on every trip keeping me in touch with both the blog and the office (along with all the photographic equipment).

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Oh yes, one more very imp0rtant gagdet–a radio. I always listen to Morning Edition while getting ready for breakfast at the Grand. One year I forgot it and I really missed it. It was not possible to buy a radio anywhere on the island. (There was at least one store which would order one, but that didn’t do me any good).

    When I go Labor Day I used to bring a portalbe TV tuner for the opening Michigan football game if I wanted to watch on the notebook instead of the TV in a bar or the room. Now it is not necessary as my Slingbox at home will send my home television signal to my notebook.

    It is amazing to contrast a hotel built in the late 1800’s with all the high tech gadgets in the room.

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    “I’m heading out to the Liberal Values summer office for a long weekend (ie returning to Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island) so posting will probably be lighter.”

    Guess I took this to an extreme. You know how we liberals are.

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