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Taking a hard look at race in fiction

Aug 04, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Special to the Star Tribune

"Like a blind man at the ballgame, I need a radio." - Annie Dillard, "Seeing" (1974)

What are the blind spots in white American literature, and how do they persist in the culture? For a white person to identify this process - and to own it - is to prepare oneself for a dramatic experience of rereading the books you came up with, and to consider a new literature of reparations. It is also to face the possibility that nothing you do or say will make much dif...