Nothing like a vacation to catch up on reading and watching, when one is not marking…
Some things are not always working as well as one could wish in the world’s largest democracy, and I’m not just referring to somebody trumping up all the odds!
Two very different pieces from one of my favourite news outlet highlight this phenomenon.
First, Ta-Nehisi Coates published last autumn a book called Between the World and Me in English, « Lettre à mon fils » in French (I advise against the really bad French translation, which is as heavy as a juggernaut). Coates is a remarkable journalist, who has been relentless in his pursuit of justice for African-Americans. You may catch a glimpse of his views by watching this debate.
Second, still from The Atlantic, an excellent and original survey of the United States today, which paints a much less gloomy picture than what we are used to. It is penned by one of my favourite journalists there, James Fallows, a geek with a human heart.
I really encourage you to take the time to read it.
And finally, because even 17 years after the first episode was aired it is still the best series ever about the day-to-day shenanigans of the Beltway machine, I encourage you to watch The West Wing without moderation.