On his blog today at "The Atlantic," James Fallows refers to "relatively balmy" conditions in Anchorage, compared to what he expects in Fairbanks. He included a weather graphic showing a temperature of 24 below in Fairbanks.
He is to speak at UAF at 7 p.m. in Wood Center, along with his wife, Deborah Fallows, who is also a distinguished author. She is the author of "Dreaming in Chinese." His most recent book is "China Airborne."
"Come on out today, if you're in the vicinity, to hear my wife and me talk about China, while warding off chillblains," he writes to the readers of his blog.
Well, there ares some close enough to Wood Center to take him up on that invitation.
Fallows has been one of the most prominent U.S. journalists and authors for decades, writing about politics and culture.
The two authors are appearing as part of the Bartlett Lecture Series, following presentations in Juneau and balmy Anchorage.
Fallows had this interesting observation about airport security lines in winter in Alaska: "And if you want to see a TSA line in its full cumbersomeness, I invite you to an Alaska airport in the middle of winter, when "take off all your coats, shoes, and other garments" means heaps upon heaps of snow jackets, parkas, fleece, giant boots etc being piled in the bins."
He forgot giant hats, mittens and snow pants.
Fallows writes an excellent blog, covers a great deal of material and updates it all the time.
On Monday, he revealed his secret about how to avoid "Petraeus-style" email disasters: "Never put anything in an email message, to anyone, that would cause you serious problems if it fell into the wrong hands.'
And that's why you should always think it over before you hit the send button. For a limited time only, the trademarked Fallows plan is available for $99.95.