[O]ur current political debates are largely impoverished. We hear a lot of shouting past one another, and relatively little engagement with the big questions—including questions of justice and the common good—that people care about. But I believe there is a great hunger for a better kind of politics, and a morally more robust kind of public discourse. The book tries to provoke or inspire such arguments. Whether we can elevate our politics remains to be seen.
When did you find time to write a book? You write about working 16-hour days.
One of the ways I unwind is by writing—and I’ll often do it in the form of an email to myself. So when I get home at night, I’ll open up an email, and I’ll put the date in the subject heading, and I’ll write myself something funny that happened or an observation I had. And that’s sort of how it started.
Note to self to adopt the Mindy Kaling approach to writing.