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Last Words, First Sentence

Never say you know the last words about any human heart.                                                             -Henry James, Louisa Pallant, 1888 Off Next Week: Back to blogging in February with The Cherry Orchard.


Quotable: W.E.B. Du Bois

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line. Du Bois coined the line for a speech he delivered in July 1900 at the first Pan-African Conference in London and it remains just as resonant today. Indeed, one might even say that the problem of the twenty-first century is the problem […]

Atlanta Compromise

Quotable: Booker T. Washington

In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. -Booker T. Washington, Cotton States International Exhibition, Atlanta, September 18, 1895 Few speeches of any merit can easily be distilled down into just one line and, indeed, it […]


Quotable: Bill Cunningham

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a person more incandescently delighted with his own life than fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, the charmingly eccentric figure profiled in Richard Press’s 2010 documentary. Cunningham has worked for The New York Times since the late ’70s – and he appears to have ushered in a new era for […]