Eighty-Five Days

Judith Miller spent eighty-five days in jail. Arianna Huffington reported the other day that Miller’s telling friends she’s signed a $1.2 million dollar book deal. The New York Times‘s executive editor Bill Keller says that a full account of Miller’s case will be published, possibly as soon as this weekend.

A professional writer with experience in areas where computers aren’t readily available like Miller can easily crank out a thousand or more publishable words a day, even longhand. Maybe more, if they’re not particularly bound by the truth. Seventy-five, eighty thousand words or more? You’ve got a book right there.