here’s a gratuitous celeb story. i was in a fiction writing workshop for 8 weeks with lisa ling, the sister of laura ling, one of the 2 journalists just released from north korea. she was still on The View at the time. she kept a low profile and didn’t make a fuss. she was self-deprecating and friendly. i approached her to see if she had a literary agent (hoping to hook her up with a friend). of course she had an agent! but she couldn’t have been more polite about it. i’ve always admired her since then.