African American college teachers
Sep 13, 2012 — Novels from Mat Johnson, Hector Tobar and Ayad Akhtar bring fresh perspectives to racial and religious politics. In nonfiction, Mike Birbiglia chronicles his life as a comedian with a sleepwalking disorder and Steven Brill examines the standards-and-accountability school reform movement.
Aug 17, 2011 — Mat Johnson's Pym is a modern-day sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's only novel. Poe's characters discover an island populated only by blacks. Johnson's characters set off to the South Pole to find this island but uncover something entirely different.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of PYM by Mat Johnson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 8, 2011 — David Brooks' The Social Animal combines neuroscience with philosophy to uncover the secrets of happiness. The Longevity Project draws long-life lessons from an 80-year study of 1,528 10-year-olds. Finally, an all-black crew explores whiteness on an expedition to - where else? - Antarctica in the wickedly satirical Pym.
Mar 2, 2011 — In his new book, Pym, fiction writer Mat Johnson plays with the premise of Edgar Allan Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Poe's novel was a "master text of anxious white fright," says Maureen Corrigan, and Johnson's clever book shines new light on the material.
Oct 29, 2009 — Philosopher, civil rights activist and professor Cornel West has described himself as a "bluesman in the life of the mind, and a jazzman in the world of ideas." He talks with Neal Conan about his memoir, Living And Loving Out Loud.
Aug 7, 2007 — Carter's sprawling, old-fashioned whodunit unravels the murder of a noted Ivy League economist. The book's heroes are an accomplished and well-connected black American couple whose fictional family saga offers a window into a rarely seen part of our culture.
Aug 7, 2007 — Sprawling, old-fashioned whodunit unravels the murder of a noted Ivy League economist. The book's heroes are a well-connected African-American couple whose fictional family saga offers a window into a rarely seen part of our culture.
Jul 12, 2007 — Stephen Carter's novel New England White centers on a prominent African-American family in a largely white New England college town. The thriller, which offers keen observations on race, focuses on two murders separated by 30 years.