Laura Ling and Euna Lee get wordy
Euna Lee has written a letter to supporters and posted it on Laura and Euna, a site that had been created to call for the release of the two journalists as they were held in North Korea. She writes that she's made scrambled eggs, combed her daughter's hair and spent time with her husband. "I am slowly fulfilling the wish list that I made in North Korea one item at a time," she writes.
Every moment when I realize it’s real, when I am home and I am with my family, I think of all the individuals who were there at the vigils, who wrote letters to us and to the government, who read and followed our news and were concerned about us and helped Laura and I to come home.
Knowing that you would not stop until we came home kept me going day by day in North Korea.
Colleague Laura Ling has gone one step further. Although the two have been back in the U.S. for less than a week, the Wall Street Journal reports that she is shopping a book proposal with her sister, TV journalist Lisa Ling.
According to a publisher who has seen the proposal and asked to remain anonymous, Ms. Ling, together with her sister, Lisa Ling, a special correspondent for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," is offering a book that will examine the meaning of sisterhood and journalistic ideals. The issue of Laura Ling’s captivity will be discussed, but in a larger context.
The work is being represented by Suzanne Gluck and others at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Ms. Gluck declined comment.
It's no surprise that two journalists are putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) after their ordeals. But maybe it would make sense for the two of them to work together on a book -- something that tells us of their experience in North Korea, a nation so unknown to the rest of the world.
Because I have a sister, I know what that's about. Pyongyang, on the other hand....
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Laura Ling, left, and Euna Lee arrive at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on August 5. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press