Taking a hard look at race in fiction
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...