To my dear friend Mike, who wrote a great story about Special Plans for my ex-newspaper:
Hantschel was approached by Tom Sumner, editor of the Informed Citizen series, who asked if she would be interested in editing an installment of a series of books that collects writing from liberal blogs on a particular subject.
“He asked me to give him some subjects I’d be interested in working on; I suggested Douglas Feith, about whom I’d written a couple of bits for my own blog, First Draft,” said Hantschel.
She sifted through more than 100 entries from more than 50 blog sites, looking for those which would illustrate “what I thought was the meat of the story: the influence Feith and his ideological colleagues had on the way in which we went to war in the aftermath of Sept. 11.”
“I had a vague idea Feith’s office had been a mess, but the specifics startled the hell out of me,” said Hantschel of what she learned about her subject.
Just a reminder: I’ll be reading from the book Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Barbara’s Bookstore in Oak Park, IL. Stop on by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood.