| Dec 18, 2014
| 7:12 AM
In her introduction to "Skylight," Spanish journalist Pilar del Río notes that in 1953, José Saramago sent a manuscript to a publisher, where it languished in a slush pile for 36 years. The publisher, while moving offices, discovered the manuscript, contacted Saramago, and offered to publish it. Saramago refused, telling del Río, his third wife, that it wouldn't be published during his lifetime.
| Dec 11, 2014
| 2:30 AM
This shattered nation.
"Eric Garner was overweight and in poor health. He was a nuisance to shop owners who complained about him selling untaxed cigarettes on the street. When police came to arrest him, he resisted. And if he could repeatedly say, 'I...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:02 AM
Who I am
Gabriel Bump from South Shore.
One unique thing about me
I power through books I love. I need to slow down and savor them. But I guess that's what second, third, and fourth reads are for.
"Beyond the Game: The Collected...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 2:26 PM
I have been teaching a long time, so I felt I was past "firsts." Then, I received my first letter from prison.
I had this student a few semesters ago in a developmental reading and writing class, and he was very upfront about the electronic monitoring...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 3:00 AM
November has been a good-news/bad-news month for the climate struggle.
The U.S. and China just inked an historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but that accord is imperiled by the American electorate.
We have just entrusted Congress to a...