There’s an old Chinese curse which goes, “May you live in interesting
times.” I think it must have been especially aimed at folks who keep diaries
(and if they follow Roger’s edict, that number will soon be increased by
three: Bill Gelb, Sandra Jackson, and Herb “Give Me The World And Let
Me Boss It” Porter). I sat here in my little home office—which is actually
just a corner of the kitchen to which I have added a shelf and a bright
light—pounding the keys of my typewriter for nearly five hours last night.
Won’t be that long tonight; among other things, I have a manuscript to...