I participated in many vigils to protest the impending US invasion of Iraq. At the end of one vigil, as people were drifting away, an acquaintance pressed a magazine into my hands. “This has an excellent article you should read,” she said. I wondered at the gleam of mischief I detected in her eyes, but figured I’d find out what that was about when I read the article.
Just before I got to my car a young bearded man wearing a black bowler hat stopped me. He wanted to know the name of the magazine I was carrying. I thought his curiosity was a bit presumptuous, but didn’t see the harm in letting him see the magazine. I hadn’t taken a real look at it yet myself. So I showed him the cover of “The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.”
He asked me what it was about. I said I didn’t really know since I hadn’t read it yet. That seemed to satisfy him, and he left.