Some writers like to reflect on modern history from the distance of a decade or a generation. Others prefer 25 or 50 years as appropriate reference points. Very few stop to think about how our lives have changed over the most recent third of a century.
Janigian's perceptive and sometimes gripping novel brings together some of LA's many tribes -- African-American, WASP, Korean, Armenian, Jewish -- into an emotional and intellectual conflagration that mirrors the burning and looting that the city suffered.
The importance of the Kristallnacht pogrom against Jews lay not only in the violence that occurred, but in the incremental measures that preceded it and the unspeakable evil that it would presage in the years to come.
Certainly we don't see much of that maverick John McCain who was brave enough to be bipartisan anymore. There is definitely something to Rep. Cohen's observation that the roles have reversed since the presidential campaign.