A Note from Georgia
December 4, 2022
The collage at right is just a handful of the more than 400 doors I've knocked on over the past four days in Athens, Georgia. According to my phone, I walked 24 miles and climbed 80 floors. Tomorrow it's up to the voters whether they'll keep a reasonable, center-left, intelligent, gentle Senator in place or replace him with a former football star whose chronic lying is associated either with CTE or with the effects of hanging out with Donald Trump.
I've had a few nasty encounters, but for the most part, people are gracious and even appreciative. But I don't think that's why I go out of my way to canvass, especially in a close race like this one. Rather, it's the rare experience of someone opening a door and letting me meet them, both of us strangers, me perhaps slightly undercover with my southern-inflected Missouri accent and them in their own habitat, whether it's a pale blue house glittering with tinseled trees, a brick ranch offering various inflated cartoon characters on the lawn, a peeling three-room bungalow with five years' worth of newspapers on the concrete porch, or an elegant, minimalist modern offering a majestic view of the Georgia woods. They are the protagonists in their own stories and I'm privileged to get a glimpse of what makes them tick.
Speaking of stories—I love an audiobook, don't you? So I'm pleased that there seems to be interest in creating an audiobook of The Misconceiver. To that end, I have an ask, an embarrassing one for me. Would those of you who have read and enjoyed the book, whether back in 1997 or since its republication this fall, be good enough to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads? I know we have been selling quite a few copies, because I've been able to donate quite a bit to reproductive rights causes. But for whatever reason, the customer reviews are lagging. If you could take a few minutes out of your busy holiday schedule and post a comment, I would be forever grateful.
More news coming your way in January. Until then, may your holiday be peaceful, bright, happy, and filled with love.