All this recent political furor over the Kavanaugh appointment raises profoundly important questions. Who deserves to sit on the Supreme Court? What are the necessary qualifications? What disqualifies someone? Who should we believe and how much evidence is enough? How does a person muster the courage to speak truth to power? And why, why do these questions eat away at us?
Anita Hill’s and Clarence Thomas’s memoirs are obvious reads that come to mind this month, but there are two novels that repeatedly rose up from my often fuzzy memory. They just seemed strangely relevant. I tried (and usually failed) to pull my thoughts back from the current headlines. Instead I found myself thinking up books that reflected the news through a different lens ... continued