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“The single piece of advice I got that made me want to become a writer came from my father, who was also a writer: Don’t become a writer.” —Irish novelist Colum McCann in this week’s Writing Lessons, from The American Scholar
“I’ll take seeing God every day, which is washing dishes with my kids and walking my dog and interacting with someone I just met.”
—Rob Bell, former megachurch pastor, in our cover story, Where Are the People? (photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register)
What was it like to live through the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Kennedy assassination—from Russia? A correspondent in Moscow in the 1960s reviews Robert Dallek’s latest book on the Kennedy White House.