Jul 4, 2021 • 5M

Insider voice memo 2: Happy Birthday, America

I’m temporarily lowering the paywall to celebrate my country’s birthday

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Good day you!

I’ve made the decision to temporarily let all my paywall content from this Substack roam free. I’d love you to get a feel for what I’m up to and push myself to experiment more. It feels appropriate to make this move on Independence Day in the United States.

What I’m sharing is an audio version of a birthday letter I wrote to my country. Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper requested my submission along with those of several others. But for you, I wanted to share my actual voice, so listen to the attached audio file. Since this post is going to everyone, anyone can comment on it as well.

I wish you the best day possible, and I wish that for you every day.

Happy Birthday, America!

I searched my photo library for images of me with a US flag, and this image from a 2017 show at Dartmouth came up, so I’m going with it!