– Not to be missed: a huge LA Times profile of Jim Sallis and review of his latest book.
– Takedown in Jill Lepore’s New Yorker review of Nathaniel Philbrick’s book Mayflower, a history of King Philip’s War (ca. 1675) in which Philbrick relies on a biography of Benjamin Church written by his son long after the war:
On the second-to-last page of his book, he [Philbrick] reluctantly concedes that Church is a “persona,” even as he insists that “Church according to Church is too brave, too cunning, and too good to be true is beside the point.” This is about as reasonable, and as indefensible, as writing a history of the Vietnam War that relies extensively and uncritically on an “autobiography” of John Kerry written in 2013 by Kerry’s daughter Vanessa.
– “The United States announced that it would free 141 of the 490 “enemy combatants” at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba because they do not threaten U.S. security after all.” (Harpers Weekly)
– New story on Strange Horizons by Gavin Grant: “We Are Never Where We Are.”
– Today’s moral leader: Steve Almond? Wow. Go Steve. (Seen at Bookslut.)
Like the president whom she serves so faithfully, she refuses to recognize her errors or the tragic consequences of those errors to the young soldiers and civilians dying in Iraq. She is a diplomat whose central allegiance is not to the democratic cause of this nation, but absolute power.
This is the woman to whom you will be bestowing an honorary degree, along with the privilege of addressing the graduating class of 2006.
It is this last notion I find most reprehensible: that Boston College would entrust to Rice the role of moral exemplar.