Things That Matter, excerpt from the Introduction. By Charles Krauthammer. New York: Random House, 2013. Also here.
Krauthammer [Are We Alone]:
Huge excitement. Two Earth-size planets found orbiting a sun-like star less than 1,000 light-years away. This comes two weeks after the stunning announcement of another planet orbiting another star at precisely the right distance — within the so-called “habitable zone” that is not too hot and not too cold — to allow for liquid water and therefore possible life.
Krauthammer [Things That Matter]:
Accordingly, this book was originally going to be a collection of my writings about everything but politics. Things beautiful, mysterious, profound or just odd. Working title: There’s More to Life than Politics.