22 August 2009

The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch and the Limits of Southern Liberalism (from The New Yorker magazine)

On first reading, I am disturbed by this reading of "To Kill A Mockingbird," an intepretation in which Malcom Gladwell likens Atticus Finch with "the limits of Southern liberalism" and with certain failings in the politics of Alabama governor Jim Folsom.

Gladwell writes in the August 10, 2009 volume of The New Yorker in a piece titled, "The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch and the Failings of Southern Liberalism." I sometimes wear the title "southern liberal" myself, and I am sometimes proud of it. Gladwell's article needs a response.

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