Jacob D. Staff Picks
There has been a glaring omission withheld from the teaching of our history that can found in the tale of Toussaint L'Ouverture and the slave rebels of Haiti. This, the only successful slave revolt in history was on the one hand opposed by America as it was feared that the news would spur uprisings in the Carolinas, but also so broke Napoleon's will that he was driven to selling us the Louisiana Purchase for only sixty-eight million Francs. A debt, then, I think needs to be paid and honor most certainly owed to the brave men and women who dared to stand to their full height, and I can thin of no better place to start than CLR James' magisterial account found in "the Black Jacobins."
I hope it shouldn't sound too self-pitying, but the tale of the weaver of Raveloe is the sort of thing that gives me the rather lugubrious sense that I shouldn’t be in the writing business every time I revisit its pages. While I'm not entirely sure if George Eliot is my favorite author, I do believe there is quite enough evidence to suggest that she is the best author, which is a distinction I think is readily proved in "Silas Marner." Never since Shakespeare has there been someone who has truly struck the essence of the human experience and understood why and how we behave in the way that we do.