This essay will appear as an introduction in New York Review Books' new
edition of Prisoner of Love (February 2003).
My son collects my change--the random coins that come from little daily
transactions, the pennies, nickels and dimes that build up in my
Anthropologist, novelist, folklorist, essayist and luminary of the
Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston dazzled her peers and patrons
almost immediately upon her arrival in New York City in 1
In October 1968, at the height of the Ocean Hill-Brownsville crisis, New
York Mayor John Lindsay got heckled off the stage at a synagogue in
Affirmative action, so long distorted by its critics, makes an easy political target.
Why should anyone have been surprised that the senator who led the
Republican Party of 2002 paid homage to the States Rights Party of 1948?
Those Dixiecrats fatally extolled by Trent Lott at th
It's time to come up with a new notion of civil rights and peaceful
Trent Lott has grudgingly relinquished his grip on the Senate majority
leader post, but that doesn't mean that the Republican Party has purged
"the spirit of Jefferson Davis" that Lott famously
They say history repeats itself. But usually not quite so quickly.