Life Is Good

Fareed Zakaria and Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

Life Is Good

Fareed Zakaria and Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

Life Is Good
An email conversation about the news of the day.
May 6 1999 6:09 PM

Fareed Zakaria and Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

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Dear Paula,

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Well, I do think that the urban environment affects the quality of life. Densely populated neighborhoods, with homes, stores, and offices all mixed up, are more community-friendly than suburbs separated by strip-malls. (Actually I don't really like the idea of community. I just think old-fashioned neighborhoods are nicer places to live; better for my soul or something like that.) Jane Jacobs was right, and on this one point, I even agree with Al Gore. Shudder.

You really have gotten gloomy. Cheer up. As our friend Andrew always notes, "Life is good." What was it you said yesterday about pregnancy and hormones?

Fareed Zakaria, Slate's wine columnist, is also managing editor of Foreign Affairs and a contributing editor of Newsweek. Paula Throckmorton Zakaria designs jewelry and writes occassionally for the Wall Street Journal and other publications. She was president and publisher of The Black Book, a photography journal and sourcebook based in New York.