Colson Whitehead: ‘I’m Sticking to My Truth. The Larger, American Truth’

There’s no pleasant sheen on slavery in Whitehead’s Underground Railroad. It’s harrowing, it’s cataclysmic, and it’s painful. The spark of slavery rebellion or even banding together for familial support is close to nonexistent. The want to escape exists in few, mainly those who had tasted freedom. Most look to survive and avoid beatings. Once slaves escape, they fight to avoid capture or lynchings.
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Everyone’s a Critic: A.O. Scott Discusses the Role of Criticism in Modern Society

by Hal Conick “We’re too inclined to see art as an ornament,” New York Times film critic A.O. Scott said. “We trivialize art, we venerate nonsense, we can’t see past our own bullshit.” Scott, reading from his new book “Better Living Through Criticism” at the The Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, is… Read More Everyone’s a Critic: A.O. Scott Discusses the Role of Criticism in Modern Society