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Atticus Finch as Racist Bigot: 'More Human'?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.31.2015 | Books
Carla Seaquist

As all the world knows by now, the characterization of Atticus has been damaged, if not destroyed, by the revelation in Ms. Lee's newly published novel, Go Set a Watchman.

I Don't Control a Lot of Things, But I Can Control What I Read

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn't know how to answer: "Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?" I didn't want to answer her, because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, "It's possible."

A Timeless Beach Read to Treasure and Savor

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Writers come and go with new generations. Young readers today might not know Rosamunde Pilcher. But her books remain as timeless as the classics. I treasure all her books, but The Shell Seekers is her masterpiece. Do yourself a favor: pick up a copy and savor every word.

The Liberation of Atticus Finch

Byron Williams | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Byron Williams

But Watchman reveals a truth central to the human condition: None of us are as moral as the ideals we embrace, not even Atticus Finch. There is perhaps no better example than Thomas Jefferson.

Summer Reading: Meet Harper, Meet Theodor, Meet Walt, Meet America

Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Frank Islam

As the time remaining for summer reading slips away, we'd like to turn our attention to and concentrate on three books -- two of which have just been discovered and one of which has been rediscovered -- that also say something about who we are as Americans

Still Setting the Watchman

Barbara Stark-Nemon | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
Barbara Stark-Nemon

Here are five reasons I still think Go Set a Watchman is important, worth reading and if not a great and enduring literary event, then at least a very interesting one.

The Movie Biz Isn't The Only One With A Franchise Dependence Problem

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.11.2015 | Arts

“Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.” “Fantastic Four.” “Vacation.” “Jurassic World.” It’s not ...

The Cosmic Mashup of Atticus Finch, Michael Brown and Bernie Sanders

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Little ironies and coincidences always amuse me. As I scanned my social media feeds this weekend, the juxtaposition of posts about Harper Lee's latest release with those about Michael Brown, and Bernie Sanders versus #BlackLivesMatter seemed like some sort of cosmic salvo.

Even Harper Lee Isn't Allowed To Ruin Mockingbird

Eric Mink | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
Eric Mink

Protecting the transcendent magic of To Kill A Mockingbird is now the responsibility of the middle school and high school teachers who will introduce the work to new generations of readers. I'll tap into the novel's optimism for the future and say I'm hopeful the teachers will succeed.

A Watchman Sets a Mockingbird Free

Michelle Blair Wilker | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Michelle Blair Wilker

With the recent discovery and publication of Go Set a Watchman we are faced with disillusionment of our first fictional love, but we have earned clues into the writing process of a literary genius and opened up a much-needed dialogue about literature and race relations.

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" as an Adult

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Flannery O'Connor damned the novel with pretty faint praise when it came out: "I think for a child's book it does all right." That seems unduly harsh (and unfair to YA literature). What works best for me as an adult reader is the slow accretion of local color, the barbed social comedy, and the graceful prose.

Is Atticus Finch Still a Hero?

Tom Morris | Posted 08.02.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

I can't help but wonder how many of the reviewers have simply contrived their headlines to grab our attention in a noisy and cluttered culture, and how many actually believe what they're saying, and are thus perhaps, like mockingbirds.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Growing Up: The Transition From To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman

Emily Hay | Posted 07.31.2015 | Teen
Emily Hay

Go set a Watchman is about growing up and realizing that your own parents are no more than flawed human beings too, learning how to stand by your own values -- set your own watchman if you will -- and still be able to live alongside those you disagree with.

Five Reasons to Read Go Set a Watchman

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Loretta Bolger Wish

Whatever its flaws, editors saw enough potential in Watchman to help cherry-pick its flashbacks and fashion them into To Kill a Mockingbird. Nothing can diminish that masterpiece. Not even the more modest work that formed its foundation.

Deconstructing Atticus Finch: In Praise of Monroe Freedman

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Bennett L. Gershman

Nobody is perfect, not even Atticus Finch. But to a generation of readers -- including lawyers -- the Atticus Finch portrayed in Harper Lee's just-published novel "Go Set a Watchman" is not the Atticus Finch of Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird. "

What if it's not About Atticus?

Kristine Holmgren | Posted 07.23.2015 | Books
Kristine Holmgren

If you are reluctant to read Watchman because you love Atticus, get over yourself. This best-seller is not about an old, white man. It's about a strong, iconoclastic, brilliant woman -- powerful and caring.

Atticus Finch, Representative American

David S. Reynolds | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
David S. Reynolds

Even America's most admirable people were products of their respective cultures. We can learn from their repugnant moments, just as the older Atticus can serve as an example not to follow. But we should treasure the moments when these figures transcended their times and stood for democracy in the broadest sense.

Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman' Sales Hit 1.1 Million

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. Bu...

Go Set a Watchman: A Review

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Jessica Denis

There are so many amazing quotes from this book regarding social inequality and justice, picking from them isn't exactly an easy task. One being, "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."

The "Mockingbird" That Might Have Hatched -- But Didn't. A review of "Go Set a Watchman"

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Chris Bohjalian

Enormous changes? You bet. But not unheard of in the evolution of many novels. I have made edits to drafts of my own work every bit as dramatic. Exhibit A? "The Double Bind" was originally a first person novel. Exhibit B? There was no courtroom drama in my earliest pages of "Midwives."

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

The Art of the First Draft

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A few years ago, a film historian unearthed what he claimed was the only existing copy of the first version of John Cassavetes' film, Shadows. He ultimately was told to cease and desist because he had no right to the film.

Harper Lee's 'Watchmen' Infused With Religious Symbolism

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Harper Lee’s “new” book “Go Set a Watchman” is infused with religious life and Christian moral argument, from its...

Atticus Has Left the Building

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

With people spray-painting rebukes on statues of John C. Calhoun and Robert E. Lee across the South, who would have thought the first icon to be pulled off his pedestal would be Atticus Finch?