BOOKS & JOURNALISM
NEW REPUBLIC DAYS
The troubled liberal magazine has been in the news and on my mind because I worked there for three years in the 1980s.
NEW: A TNR memoir: Why I Left the New Republic (a Long Time Ago) and Why It Matters (BuzzFlash, December 29, 2014)
PLUS: RIP Mayor for Life: Marion Barry's Death Is Another Blow to the Chocolate City (TNR November 24, 2014)
PLUS: I have a piece in TNR's centenary book featuring 100 stories from the magazine's first 100 years. It caused a scandal at the time. What Crack is Like (TNR, October 2, 1989)
PLUS: Here's a TNR cover story I wrote in 1985. It was my first expose of the CIA. Confessions of a 'Contra'(TNR, August 5, 1985)
THE SONG OF
I like to write about the obvious questions in America. Like: O, say can you see?
In the 19th century, Francis Scot Key, author of the "Star Spangled Banner," a man whose song is still sung every day, was an ardent defender of the constitutional right of white people to own black people. Think about that the next time you patriotically clasp hand to heart at the start of a sporting event.
(Salon, July 4, 2012)
And I write about what has been forgotten.
Key's immortal song became our national anthem in the 1930s amidst a wave of nostalgia for the Jim Crow Confederacy where lynching was the norm. Land of the free. Home of the Oppressed.
(Daily Beast, July 4, 2013)
'History so fresh it feels alive'--David Maraniss