I had a great childhood. I think writers are always better off when they have more twisted childhoods, but I didn’t.
On the flip side, I enjoy covering the Arab world, I’ve spent my entire career here in the Middle East, but I would never call myself a war correspondent.
As a journalist, your job is to bear witness.
In any kind of conflict, you have a certain dehumanization that comes along with it. And it’s important as a reporter, a writer, a journalist, to try to restore humanity.
Journalism is always the art of the incomplete. You get bits and pieces.
Cultures that may seem as durable as stone can break like glass, leaving all the things that held them together unattended. I believe that the craftsman, the artist, the cook, and the silversmith are peacemakers. They instill grace; they lull the world to calm.
The best journalism is sometimes about footnotes—when we write small to say something big.