Best Opening Passage

I thought I would invite some reader participation. My favorite opening paragraph to a book is from Homer Hickam, Jr.’s Rocket Boys, the source of the film October Sky: Until I began to build and launch rockets, I didn’t know my hometown was at war with itself over its children and that my parents were … [Read more…]

Intolerance of Intolerance

I remember a friend of mine who had earned his PhD at the University of California once saying that he thought Lafayette was more tolerant than Berkeley.  That seemed unlikely to me, so I asked a mutual friend, another scholar who read constantly about politics and social issues, and who also traveled widely.  “Certainly,” she … [Read more…]