I loved reading Harper Lee’s new old novel Go Set a Watchman and wanted to share my thoughts on Atticus from the moment I put the book down. Lucky for me, the awesome site The Mid was kind enough to pick up my essay and run it yesterday. Here’s a teaser:
But there still are things we can learn from Atticus. As a 40-year-old woman raising a 3-year-old who reminds me a lot of the Scout of Mockingbird, I see some lessons inWatchman about parenting and loving a child. If you plan on reading the novel, I give you fair warning that I will be talking about the climax of the book from here on out. And let me be clear: I am not apologizing for Atticus’s beliefs about race. They are awful. But I do see that he can love his daughter even if he participates in reifying all of the things I dislike about our nation.
I am finding fewer and fewer websites that actually pay their writers for their labor. The Mid does. Click here for the rest of the essay and to let them know that we support writing that takes time, thought, and energy.
As I drove home last night and heard the roundup of the ten lucky (read “wealthy”) participants in Thursday’s debate, I rolled my eyes and talked to myself. Then this morning I made this picture. Because I had to.
Sigh. Why is this ok? All men. ALL OF THEM?! Come on, America. Can we at least make an effort?
On Thursday, I will be seeing Duran Duran instead of listening to this blathering. And last Sunday my daughter danced in a gazebo with Dar Williams. I gotta figure out a way to drown this shit out somehow.