Pizza Delivery, iPhone Recovery; or, Race & Privilege in America

Yesterday was a personal object lesson in racism and white privilege in America. In the early afternoon, I ordered a pizza for delivery; I would be tutoring a student that evening and my wife would be getting home late from a conference in DC, so I thought we would both appreciate the leftovers. Upon his arrival, the deliveryman called up,... Continue Reading →

Literary News: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman

When I started this blog in January, my first post was a short comment on the frenzy around the discovery of a "new" manuscript by Harper Lee. That manuscript was released almost two weeks ago as Go Set a Watchman. In my January post, I noted that the manuscript was hardly new, but—according to Lee herself—was instead an earlier draft... Continue Reading →

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