In The New York Times Book Review, Khalil Gibran Muhammad reviews Chris Hayes’s “A Colony in a Nation.” Muhammad writes:
“A Colony in a Nation” opens with Hayes moving through security checkpoints at the 2000 Republican National Convention. As he hands over his bag, he realizes he has a small amount of marijuana in an eyeglass case. When the police find his stash, they let it pass. “The police officer who’d found the drugs put my bag on a table and looked at me, as if to say, Go ahead and take it.”
Drawing heavily on personal experiences as a white kid growing up in the crack-era Bronx and attending a magnet school on the border of East Harlem, much of Hayes’s book unfolds along the axis of two “distinct regimes” in America. One for whites, what he calls the Nation; the other for blacks, what he calls the Colony.
On this week’s podcast, Hayes talks about “A Colony in a Nation”; Jason Zinoman discusses “Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night”; Jennifer Schuessler has news from the literary world; and Parul Sehgal and John Williams on what people are reading. Pamela Paul is the host.
Here are the books (and the article) mentioned in this week’s “What We’re Reading”:
“Bento’s Sketchbook” by John Berger
“Ghachar Ghochar” by Vivek Shanbhag
“The Possessed” by Elif Batuman
“The Belly of Paris” by Émile Zola
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