1. You Should Still Be Reading Bilgrimage.
Bill Lindsey’s blog has morphed this week from a space for thoughtful reflections on a “journey to hope’s horizon,” to a vital record, from the ground, of an amazing historical moment. “It’s like Little Rock in 1957,” Bill posted on Thursday, echoing his friend Kae Chatman. All week, Bill has shown why that historical comparison fits: not only has there been tremendous joy and justice in Arkansas, there has been resistance, and injustice, and the whole thing rests now in a state of uncertainty.
These moments of uncertainty, these mad rushes to the courthouse, have happened in other places (Utah, for example), but we’re lucky to have such a full account of the goings-on in Arkansas. Throughout the week, Bill has kept us informed not only about the developing story, but also about its characters—sharing not only his own story, but also those of his friends, of couples he’s met at the courthouse, and of the extraordinary Wendell Griffen. While keeping us informed, in other words, Bill has never let us forget that all of this is about real people.
2. A Correction, Maybe
Speaking of history, in my last post I said that the Texas Longhorns had 0 players drafted, for the first time since 1937. In fact, a former player, Garrett Gilbert—who even graduated from the University—was drafted in the 6th Round by St. Louis. Gilbert was the quarterback who played in most of UT’s National Championship game loss after the 2009 season, stepping in for the injured Colt McCoy. He was also the starting quarterback for the disastrous 2010 season. Early in the 2011 season, he was benched in favor of David Ash and Case McCoy, and he soon enrolled at SMU (as a graduate student), where he finished his career. I’m not sure which is more embarrassing as a UT fan: saying that UT had 0 players drafted this year, or claiming a player who transferred away.
And speaking of the vital importance of records and people, on Mother’s Day I shared on facebook this article by John Dickerson. The headline is misleading—it’s less about the importance of writing letters to your children than the importance of writing, period. What you leave behind on the page will matter to your children.
Related to that, Andrew Sullivan announced last week a special deal for his readers on Walter Kirn’s My Mother’s Bible. Kirn found his mother’s Bible after her death, and set about trying to better understand her by puzzling over the passages she had annotated. It looks like an amazing book.