Down and Out in a Piper Apache

Stuck in the air in a wounded airplane, with a crash-landing imminent, a pilot reflects on Orwell’s “power of facing unpleasant facts.”

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Back in the (Former) USSR

I never thought I’d see Moscow again, although I dreamed of it for fourteen years. I boarded a teeming Aeroflot flight in late summer 2005, as Katrina’s receding waters revealed, inch by inch, the erasure of New Orleans as I once knew it. Mourning for that blighted, intoxicating city, I rushed towards another place I…