Noted this balmy Monday morning:
- As Colbert says, "racism is over," right? But how free is "free"? Leon Litwack answers the question in the context of African Americans' struggle for civil rights; San Francisco magazine says his book is on target.
- A supremely thoughtful review of Slavitt's edition of The Consolation of Philosophy at Open Letters Monthly. On Boethius' heels comes Slavitt's soon-to-emerge translation of Orlando Furioso -- the man is prolific.
- Richard Nash of Soft Skull Press describes what it's like for an independent to publish during a recession. It's not a party, but nor is it the total doom-and-gloom scene you'd infer from reading about the tribulations of the major houses in the Arts pages of the Times. UPs like us in some ways constitute a unique category, neither here nor there, as our mission includes a whole set of scholarly commitments to uphold in addition to the traditional publisher's economic imperative.