…And with such a dense film follows readings: sociopolitical, racial, cinematic and particularly allegorical. None should collapse the meaning of Coogler and Joe Cole’s story into a singular message. But let me offer one about class.
In the second half of the 20th century, the United States underwent a fundamental political shift. Traditional party loyalties weakened. Ideological identification gained preeminence. The Grand Old Party became the party of the Right just as the party of FDR and JFK turned to the Left.yet today that great historical pivot toward ideological stratification between…… Continue reading The Decline of Ideas
A new piece I wrote for The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-Is-the-New-/241533?cid=wsinglestory_41_1 .
Dear editor, As a tremendous admirer of Masha Gessen’s previous work, I was disappointed to read her latest comment in The New Yorker on “John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup.” I think Ms. Gessen speaks with little understanding of the civic depth of our society, the checks and balances in our system, the storied,…… Continue reading LETTER TO THE EDITOR, THE NEW YORKER: ON “JOHN KELLY AND THE LANGUAGE OF THE MILITARY COUP”
A baseball article of mine was pub’d by my hometown Detroit Free Press yesterday: “Trade to Houston Astros pays off for ex-Tigers ace Justin Verlander”
A car with two men pulled up to Justin Verlander’s penthouse apartment in downtown Birmingham. They parked. It was a Thursday at just about 11:30 pm, August 31st. They were coming from the Detroit Tigers’ central office, sent by General Manager Al Avila, with papers for the Tigers’ long-time star to sign. After a year…… Continue reading The Sorrows of Old Verlander