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Thomas Chatterton Williams

2 June 2010

I labored for months with Dr. Ver Eecke as my guide, trying to follow Hegel’s elusive thought through the darkened Teutonic woods. The pursuit exhausted and challenged me in ways my teacher, a European man, could not understand. As a descendant of real slaves, my interest in the topic was instinctively more than academic—I felt it in my bones. More…

12 February 2008

Yet as I read I could not help but think that the work he began has not continued, it has languished; that one of the unexpected effects of the civil rights movement on black culture was to distance us from any commitment to producing work in the highest realms. Ellison took a controversial position in the ’60s and after, by which he lived his life. His side lost. More…