Category Archives: Academia

A grisly tale of murder . . . for kids?

[Boston Globe] In this weekend’s Boston Globe Ideas section, I’ve got a short interview with Michelle Ann Abate, the author of a new scholarly book on the history of homicide in children’s literature. If your only exposure to YA and … Continue reading

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A brief history of revising

[Boston Globe] In this week’s Ideas section, in the Boston Globe, I’ve got a story about the history of revising. Today, we think of revising as an arduous, necessary process. But in an interesting new book an Oxford prof named … Continue reading

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“I was always slightly less Foucauldian than I sounded”: A profile of Stephen Greenblatt

[The Boston Globe] In Sunday’s Boston Globe, in the Ideas section, I’ve got a profile of Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt. In his new book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Greenblatt writes about the fifteenth century’s rediscovery of Lucretius and … Continue reading

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Notes on the Johnstown Flood National Memorial (and on David McCullough)

[The New Republic] The New Republic‘s just put out a special 9/11 issue, and I’ve got a feature in it on the long struggle to build the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. I don’t have a lot more to … Continue reading

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A review of A Black History of the White House

[San Francisco Chronicle] In tomorrow’s San Francisco Chronicle, I’ve got a review of Clarence Lusane’s new book A Black History of the White House. Lusane’s is a subject worth tackling, though he doesn’t always live up to his material. Slavery crops … Continue reading

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