My vacation ends tomorrow with a long travel day, and I will be back on air live on Wednesday. Thanks to Dean Barnett and Carol Platt Liebau for filling in so ably.
Thanks as well to the many e-mailers with kind comments on “Letter to a Young Obama Supporter.” Requests for multiple copies have been sufficiently numerous for Townhall to offer a special premium: Three copies of the letter with every subscription to Townhall Magazine. I think the Obama bubble has begun to burst, and pratfalls like skipping out on a meeting with the troops may open the young Obama supporters in your circle to some new arguments for voting for Senator McCain.
Before I left for Italy, I taped a special show with novelist Daniel Silva, whose latest is Moscow Rules. The show airs Monday, and the transcript will be here and the podcast here Monday night. If you have read even one of Silva’s series that features the secret servants of Israeli intelligence, I know you won’t miss the program. If you haven’t yet tried Silva, he is the successor to le Carre and others from the very best of the espionage genre. Our conversation covers the many contemporary conflicts his novels explore as well as the craft of the spy novel.
And if you are planning on coming to Venice or have loved a past trip here, be sure to sample the writing of our guide here, Sally Spector. There are dozens of books about Venice, but Sally has lived in Venice for the past quarter century, and she provides the perfect welcome to the city. (If possible, see if she is available to guide you on your travels here: firstname.lastname@example.org) The new edition of her much loved Venice and Food has just been issued in a new edition, and it is the perfect way for a new or return visitor to prep for the trip.