A friend writes:
Did you know America has a secret king? Our economic decisions and political decisions are made by the system, but who we are is defined by a man who keeps his identity secret. I have been following him from diner to truck stop. He has immense power to start certain ways of relating to one another, or imaginative images that reverberate through our nation. When you suddenly have a feeling of freshness associated with a particular mode of thought or way of being that is his edict gathering force. In a sense he gets his power from us and just focusses it. I met him briefly for an interview. He is anxious and suspects he is slated for death, but faces his fate with something like equanimity.