Caitlin Flanagan’s long Atlantic piece on Joan Didion has sparked a lot of conversation. Among the article’s contentious lines: “to really love Joan Didion … you have to be female.”
"It is early August. A black man is shot by a white policeman. And the effect on the community is of "a lit match in a tin of gasoline." No, this is not Ferguson, MO." Laila Lalami reports for NPR on rereading James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son in the context of Ferguson. Pair with Teju Cole's essay in The New Yorker about rereading Baldwin's "Stranger in the Village."