A Little Library of Prison Books, or, What to Read After Finishing “The New Jim Crow”

A friend recently told me he had just finished The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander's influential book on the racial origins of our prison system, and he wanted my opinion on what to read next. The literature on mass incarceration is extensive, but here are a few books that had a big impact on me. … Continue reading A Little Library of Prison Books, or, What to Read After Finishing “The New Jim Crow”

Repurposing Twain: We Need Another Film Version of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”

There are very few film versions of Mark Twain's works. Given the quality of the existing crop, we should probably consider that a blessing. Connecticut Yankee has been filmed a few times. There's a version from 1921, only 11 years after Twain's death, and a televised version from 1978, starring Richard Basehart, Bill Bixby, and … Continue reading Repurposing Twain: We Need Another Film Version of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”