From his wonderful book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (Random House, 2021) I am reminded that my mind is not the only mind. I feel an increased confidence in my ability to imagine […]
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  1. George Saunders: What happens to me when I read fiction
  2. Lincoln’s Proclamation and the white riot in New York
  3. History rhyming: justice be damned, let’s try to appease the bigots
  4. The government is not concerned with your health, or mine
  5. If Only
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George Saunders: What happens to me when I read fiction

From his wonderful book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (Random House, 2021) I am reminded that my mind is not the only mind. I feel an increased confidence in my ability to imagine […]
   

Lincoln’s Proclamation and the white riot in New York

Frederick Douglass recounts Lincoln’s careful attempt to avoid making the Civil War about freeing the slaves—an attempt that, like more recent attempts to appease racism, failed. The proclamation itself was throughout like Mr. Lincoln. It […]
   

History rhyming: justice be damned, let’s try to appease the bigots

In his last autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, the great orator and abolitionist recalls the months that followed Lincoln’s election in 1860. Many in the North were desperate to do whatever they could […]
   

The government is not concerned with your health, or mine

The government—federal, state, provincial, local, whatever—is concerned with three things when it comes to public health: The economy: if businesses are losing money and shutting down, if people are losing their jobs, that’s a problem […]
   

If Only

“If only they could have put aside their differences and lived together peaceably.” “You mean, the Spartans and the Athenians?” “No.” “Oh!— the Greeks and the Romans?” “No.” “The Goths and the Romans?” “No.” “The […]
   

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