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In keeping with yesterday’s post of my favorite records of 2017, what follows is a list of the dozen favorite novels that I read this year. (And yes, two of the twelve here are short story collections, not novels. But titling the post “Twelve Favorite Novels I Read in 2017” flowed better than “Twelve Favorite […]
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On West on Coates

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On December 17, 2017
Leftist criticisms of Ta-Nehisi Coates have become their own weird cottage industry in the last year or so. Cornel West has been part of the genre, and today published a blistering attack on Coates in The Guardian. (I very carefully phrase this as an attack on Coates, personally, and not a review of Coates’ latest book, We Were Eight […]

A Jury of Their Peers

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On December 11, 2017

Racist terrorists in Kansas have invoked their right to a jury of their peers: Three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees asked a federal judge Friday

The Virtue of Voters

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On November 17, 2017

I don’t have many answers for what’s wrong with the American electorate. But here are a few statistics from a Fox News poll in the Alabama special election that are, um, telling: – Men in Al

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