A selection of thought-provoking reads from the month that was… Jamelle Bouie, “Blackface is the Tip of the Iceberg” (New York Times, February 4) Put simply, there is a plausible (in theory, at least) nonracist reading of King’s preoccupation with the preservation of “Western civilization” or the president’s belief that some countries, like Haiti, are … Continue reading Recommended Reads: February 2019
Note: This was originally posted on a different blog back in 2007, but it still seems relevant, particularly in light of some of my recent posts about the civil rights movement. I have edited it lightly in its current form. In a recent article from The Nation, Gary Younge asks, “Whatever happened to James Blake?” … Continue reading White History Month?
My morning routine typically involves walking the dog and then sitting down with a cup of coffee to read and/or write for an hour between 6:00-7:00 before getting ready for work. Yesterday morning, I started reading James Cobb‘s The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity, which has … Continue reading Mississippi and the Nation
A selection of thought-provoking reads from the month that was… Nathan Heller, “The Philosopher Redefining Equality” (The New Yorker, January 7) At fifty-nine, [Elizabeth] Anderson is the chair of the University of Michigan’s department of philosophy and a champion of the view that equality and freedom are mutually dependent, enmeshed in changing conditions through time. … Continue reading Recommended Reads: January 2019
As I mentioned in my last post, I am a voracious reader. At any given time, I typically have two or three books on my nightstand or coffee table. And since 2011, I have chronicled the books I’ve read in my beloved “Book of Books.” (Seriously, I didn’t realize how much I cared about it … Continue reading The Five C’s of Historical Thinking