1. I got hold of the Greg Grandin book, The End of the Myth from Amazon, and have actually read the first nine pages. It looks really good, and I may have something to say about it when I have read some more.
2. On Tuesday, before dawn, I drive to the airport and begin my semester of teaching at Columbia. Thanks to an app called CourseWorks, I can look at pictures of the nineteen students who have signed up so far [limit is twenty.] I also Googled them. They look like a very interesting collection of undergrads and grad students. On the first day I have decided to wear my old T-shirt that reads, in bold red letters, “Free The Fogg 19.” I shan’t bother to explain here what that means, but if anyone is interested, the story starts at p. 576 of my Autobiography and runs for four pages.
3. I have been brooding about Jerry Fresia’s suggestion that I try to mobilize calls to Hakeem Jeffrey’s office. Do Representatives listen to calls from people not in their districts? I am no good at organizing, for all that I am in favor of it, but this blog is a resource that ought to be used and this would not be the first time I devoted time and energy to something I am not good at just because I ought to. What do people think?