A Politically Correct Huck Finn
Despite being considered one of the greatest American novels, "Huckleberry Finn" is the fourth most banned book in U.S. schools. Now the N-word is being removed by one publisher.
Michael Tomasky on publishing an edition of Huck Finn with the N-world replaced by 'slave': If I'd been on some committee that voted on whether to publish this new edition, I guess I'd have voted no. The preservation of great literature as its author intended is pretty important (and I should note that I think Huck Finn is still the greatest American novel). But so are a culture's changing values. That's not the same thing as censorship, or even political correctness, in which a minority browbeats the majority into submission on some often picayune semantic point. This may be semantic, but it's not picayune.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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