Philosopher Falguni Sheth's powerful piece on the political implications of lifting the "ban on allowing women to join small-group combat units in the (United States) military." Dr. Sheth's blog can be found at, Translation Exercises.
The Atlantic columnist, bon vivant, and all around stand-up guy, Ta-Nehisi Coates's pitch for the awesomeness of Isabel Wilkerson's magisterial narrative of The Great Migration, The Warmth of Other Suns. Coates reminds me once again why I believe him to be one of the finest American public intellectuals writing today.
"The zombie is a dead person who cannot get across to lan guinée. This final rest — in green, leafy, heavenly Africa, with no sugarcane to cut and no master to appease or serve — is unavailable to the zombie. To become a zombie was the slave’s worst nightmare: to be dead and still a slave, an eternal field hand. It is thought that slave drivers on the plantations, who were usually slaves themselves and sometimes Voodoo priests, used this fear of zombification to keep recalcitrant slaves in order and to warn those who were despondent not to go too far."
A very disquieting book this, not only because its conclusions seem so dispiriting but also because, despite one’s deep admiration for it as a performance, a muffled quality surfaces here and there in its author’s tone, and even at times a sense of self-imposed solemnity that makes it more difficult to read than one would have expected.