Each eye feels punched in, my temples tight, my neck old rubber like an antique bicycle tire. All this news coverage, but so hard to turn away from it when the people I’m watching on tv or on the Internet refuse to turn away themselves. They face a wild and uncertain future, but they face it tenaciously, with hope and courage, and what can I do but watch them? How could I refuse to bear witness?
This stone is dedicated to the people of Tunisia, and Egypt, and Sudan; to the people of Algeria and Jordan and Lebanon and Yemen; to people everywhere, and whatever future they freely and peacefully choose for themselves.