Tag: Harper Lee

  • Belated Reviews: Willie Morris’s North Toward Home

    Belated Reviews: Willie Morris’s North Toward Home

    “I think he got parvo. I think he picked it up out the dirt.” …”Maybe he just sick, Skeet.” “What if it’s in the dirt? What if the rest of them get infected?” —Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward It took some chutzpah for Willie Morris, at the age of roughly 33, to believe that his […]

  • Shmoop on Huck Finn: Guest Blogger Jeanne Torrence Finley

    Shmoop on Huck Finn: Guest Blogger Jeanne Torrence Finley

    My colleague Jeanne Torrence Finley has been writing about art and justice on her new blog Tell It Slant, (which you should definitely check out).  Today she joins my defense of Huck Finn by discovering an oddly-named defender of satire in literature: When Alex wrote on February 18  (“In Praise of Uncomfortable Books:  Huck and […]

  • In Praise of Uncomfortable Books: Huck & Harper Revisited

    In Praise of Uncomfortable Books: Huck & Harper Revisited

    Huck and Harper are on the block again and I’m not comfortable with that.  Then again, I think it’s high time we all got uncomfortable. In late 2016, as I was beginning Heartlands, I reflected on the controversy that was roiling Accomack County, Virginia where I live.  Only that’s not strictly accurate.  The decision by […]

  • Heartlands Best Reads of 2017:#4 Wolf Whistle

    Heartlands Best Reads of 2017:#4 Wolf Whistle

    If I told you there was a laugh-out-loud book about the murder of Emmett Till, the black teenager killed in Mississippi in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman, you’d call such a thing, at the least, in poor taste. Yet the late Lewis Nordan, who lived through that episode as a teenager […]

  • Rural is Plural

    This article originally appeared in the great Topology magazine.   We were in danger of becoming a caricature.  When a parent stood up at a local school board meeting and expressed her dismay at a word being used in two books in the school library, blogposts and news stories from New York to Singapore decried the benighted […]