State of Wonder; Or, The Origin of a Miracle

Ann Patchett blew me away with Bel Canto and The Patron Saint of Liars; she continued in this tradition with State of Wonder. In State of Wonder, our protagonist, Marina, is a Minnesota-born Indian-American pharmacologist who works for a major pharmaceutical company. Her company is pouring unlimited funds into the research and development of a […]

Darren Wilson is the Hellen Keller of Racism – And He Has No Anne Sullivan

Darren Wilson is the Hellen Keller of Racism – And He Has No Anne Sullivan

The news media yesterday was filled with discussion of Jake Halpern’s excellent New Yorker piece on Darren Wilson. Many things about Wilson specifically, and policing in Ferguson generally, are striking; but what hit me the most is Wilson’s utter obtuseness, his steadfast rejection of even the smallest consideration that race could have played a role […]