Graciliano Ramos and the Plague

Graciliano Ramos and the Plague

Graciliano Ramos. In 1915, long before he became one of Brazil’s most acclaimed novelists, Graciliano Ramos was a young man trying to make it as a journalist in Rio de Janeiro. I’d always heard that he failed in his pursuit of this career. Shy, homesick, and unsuited to the sophisticated conditions of big-city life, he…

Mount Auburn emergency physician authors apocalypse-era comic book

Mount Auburn emergency physician authors apocalypse-era comic book

The opening scene of Colin Devonshire’s graphic novel came to him in a dream.A Boston-based emergency physician and comic book author, Devonshire woke up after envisioning a picturesque suburban street, where everyone tending to their lawns is suddenly and inexplicably prompted to mass migrate to the same place. There begins the doctor’s crowdfunded and partially…

Chapter 16: The Book of Bells

Chapter 16: The Book of Bells

Professor Adrian Jenson’s cycling shoes clicked against the wooden planks of an 18th- century wharf as he hurried through the darkness, picking his way past stacks of cork-wood barrels, snake-like piles of heavy docking ropes, and spider webs of unfurled rigging. To his right, spread out beyond the wharf as far as he could see,…

Howard Zinn’s Assault on Historians and U.S. Principles

Howard Zinn’s Assault on Historians and U.S. Principles

Recently, Michael Barone heralded a bipartisan refutation of the New York Times’s 1619 Project. As part of “an ongoing battle for control of the central narrative of American history,” Barone noted, the August 2019 Times magazine supplement had made the case for redefining the founding of the United States from 1776 to 1619, when, presumably,…

How we’re looking out for one another

How we’re looking out for one another

My son and I were walking our dog when we saw someone walking toward us on the same side of the street. The person was wearing a long coat, a baseball hat, and over the bottom half of their face, a bandanna.“Let’s cross,” I said, steering us to the other side of the empty street.…