All day yesterday I tried to write a song in the Cole Porter manner beginning "My goal is to go to Mongolia," but the melody of "Columbia, the gem of the ocean" kept getting in the way. Well, I'll see what I can come up with when I'm over there. It's flattering to know they're prepping for my visit, though the cyclones and quakes do seem somewhat excesssive.
Tomorrow I fly to Beijing; I will visit that city and two others in China, giving readings and lectures, in the next week. Then comes a week in Mongolia. If I can manage to post from those outposts I will do so, and if not I'm sure I'll have lots to tell when I get back in early June.