Interesting piece on Harper Lee in NYT today. She sounds like a neat lady.

There are odd moments in the piece, though.

Her one stipulation for the contest was that children who were home-schooled be eligible to compete.

Hm. I'm sure there's more of a story there. Wonder what it is?

And then there's this:

In an essay a few years ago one girl likened the trial of the book's Tom Robinson, a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl, to the 1999 murder of Billy Jack Gaither, a young man living in Sylacauga, killed because he was gay.

How does that work, exactly? Does false accusation = murder? Tom's false accusation eventually led to his death, but I don't think that's quite the same thing. Is the comparison just that they both Suffered Because Of Prejudice? Am confused.

Anyway, interesting piece. Am going to have to pick up the book again one of these days.


El Miguel said...
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El Miguel said...

Unfortunately, I think you nailed it on the head. They both Suffered Because of Prejudice. You're making distinctions that many young people today are simply incapable of. It'san aspect of Allan Bloom's souls without longing, I think. Regardless, I'm off to class now.

I hope you're well, and the family too. When will you be back in Texas again? Ft. Worth has brewed up some decent local beer...