Yesterday a state of emergency was declared in Ferguson after another police shooting. Meanwhile, in an interview about his book Between the World and Me, Roxane Gay asks Ta-Nehisi Coates whether it ever feels “all too much,” when seemingly “every week, if not every day, we have a new tragedy to mourn.” He responds: “Never. This has always been life. . . . I know we’re in this new moment where it seems like the police have suddenly gone crazy. But police violence is not new and it is only the most spectacular end of a range of violence black people live under.”
And, describing his reading preferences for the New York Times Book Review, Coates recalls his response to Macbeth in school: “‘And I another \ So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune, \ That I would set my life on any chance, \ To mend it, or be rid on ’t.’ I mean I was like, ‘Yoooooooo!!!’ I was done. That was black people to me right there. That was Nat. That was Harriet. That was Malcolm. That was Ida. That was my mother and father. That was my Baltimore.”
People eager for more Harper Lee can always just write it themselves. The novel Tru & Nelle, out next year, will tell the story of Lee’s childhood friendship with Truman Capote, and it sounds more Mockingbird than Watchman: There’s a tomboy fighting off bullies, and even a scene in which her father, A. C. Lee, stands up to some Klan members at a Halloween party.
Getting out of the media business: After offloading the Financial Times not long ago, the education giant Pearson is about to sell its stake in the Economist Group for more than six hundred million dollars.
Stephen Colbert is hoping Donald Trump keeps on happening until he can get back on television in the fall.