While America has taken huge steps towards equality, issues are still being fought over today. This month is Black History Month so it is especially important to celebrate how far our country has come and also address the shortcomings that remain.
It's perhaps noteworthy to find Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train settle into its fourth week at No. 1, even while a considerable handful of media-tie ins filled out the spots beneath it in the week heading into the Oscars.
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is to publish a second novel, according to the New York Times. I guess it all started the night the Comedian was murdered. Of course Jem said it started much earlier than that, with Ozymandias.
The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is due to hit theaters on Valentine's Day, likely propelling two-thirds of James's trilogy up the rankings much the way the Bradley Cooper movie recently helped American Sniper into the No. 1 spot a few weeks ago.
As with the recent film Selma, Watchman will acquaint or reacquaint Americans with the nation's long struggle for civil rights. As Selma prompted renewed attention to LBJ, Harper Lee's new book will rekindle the debate over Atticus Finch. Those who revere him may have to reassess his heroic status.
As I prepare to give a talk at Columbia University in the upcoming weeks on the subject of Lewis and the Purposes of Suffering, it seemed wise to return to the topic and revise it in light of what new comes to mind.
Go Set A Watchman, with its Biblical title born of Isaiah and Ezekiel, will have a first printing of two million copies. The joy with which lovers of To Kill A Mockingbird greeted this announcement was soon tempered by questions.
Harper Lee is publishing another book titled Go Set a Watchmen, which is amazing news to say the least. The fact that it is a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird is even more so. Being an aspiring author from Alabama, she is without a doubt one of my heroes.
Like legions of fans who've cherished To Kill A Mockingbird, I've wondered why Harper Lee never wrote another novel. And I've wondered if Harper Lee felt betrayed by her childhood friend, Truman Capote, who used her keen eye to research In Cold Blood but gave her no credit for her contribution.