As we all know, literature has much more power than polemics. The Food & Drug Administration owes its existence to an Upton Sinclair novel, "The Jungle." Efforts to improve the lot of farm workers drew their initial sustenance from John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath." And the modern consciousness on treatment of African-Americans can be traced to Richard Wright's 1940 novel, "Native Son." Indeed, literary critic Irving Howe declared: "The day 'Native Son' appeared, American culture was changed forever."
The snow is melting, the temperatures are climbing again, and the days are getting longer. It’s time to dream about summer: the warm evenings on the back porch, long walks in the park, outdoor summer concerts and (not to detract from our dreaming) a few messages from our corporate sponsor. That’s right, it’s hard to... Read More