For his 12th book, the longtime Atlantic correspondent and National Book Award winner spent five years flying his own plane to dozens of off-the-beaten-path communities to take the pulse of the nation. The result was “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America,” written with Deborah Fallows, who happens to be James’ spouse.
The difference on this trip to Little Rock is that Fallows will be flying commercial.
“Alas, it’s with Delta or United or something,” he said. “I have a back-to-back-to-back schedule to keep, and when you have to get someplace at a given time, the airlines are the way.” He’ll also be flying solo, in a sense. Deb, as it happens, has another obligation that day.