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Sep 272010
Texas — All Hat, No Brain

If you ever have trou­ble get­ting to sleep at night, I’ve pub­lished three text­books on Amer­i­can His­tory — guar­an­teed to put you right out!  Lately I’ve been dread­ing an email from my pub­lisher, its about time to do some updat­ing and that’s never any fun.  Yes­ter­day I did get an email, but it wasn’t about an update or a new edi­tion — in fact I really thought it was a joke so I gave them a call. After I hung-up the phone, I sat in stunned dis­be­lief — Texas has been taken over by Nazis. The Texas State Board of Edu­ca­tion has decided that it will only pur­chase his­tory text­books that align to its own twisted, racist and moronic ver­sion of our Nation’s past.  Maybe next they […click to read the rest]

Sep 222010
Narcissus and Goldmund, and me

Every now and then you remem­ber a book that you read in your youth; it’s like remem­ber­ing an old class­mate that you were very close to for a short while, long ago.  Dur­ing some under­grad sur­vey in phi­los­o­phy we read Sid­hartha — it didn’t do much for me, but I remem­ber the pro­fes­sor men­tion­ing that it was his least favorite of Her­mann Hesse’s work, and that was enough to send me off to the library.  I came back with a worn copy of Nar­cis­sus and Gold­mund. I hope every­one has a book that hit them at a vul­ner­a­ble moment in their life, one that called their inher­ited world view into ques­tion.  N&G hit me dur­ing my sec­ond year of col­lege sem­i­nary, that’s the year when […click to read the rest]

Aug 262010
Tony Judt, …we need to read!

I have a sec­tion of wall space in my liv­ing room where I hang black and white por­traits of peo­ple that I think had genius and did some­thing with it.  I need to make a new space for Tony Judt; who lost his bat­tle with ALS ear­lier this month. “The historian’s task is not to dis­rupt for the sake of it, but it is to tell what is almost always an uncom­fort­able story and explain why the dis­com­fort is part of the truth we need to live well and live prop­erly,” he told His­tor­i­cally Speak­ing. “A well-organized soci­ety is one in which we know the truth about our­selves col­lec­tively, not one in which we tell pleas­ant lies about our­selves.” In a few pieces I’ve writ­ten lately, […click to read the rest]

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