Why is it important for you to show that resistance defines our quintessential American story?
As a long-time chronicler of American social movements, and as a participant in what historian Howard Zinn called the “unreported resistance” since the early 1980s, I felt a deeper story of American resistance needed to be brought out of the shadows today. That our various resistance movements today needed to be rooted; otherwise, we risk burnout, divisions, and this sense of being overwhelmed in these Trump times.
Resistance has put the backbone in democracy; or rather, the resistance has given democracy a backbone.
What are you reading right now?
What’s the one book that you recommend to people, over and over?
Who are some of your writer mentors? Do you find that’s changed over time as you evolve as a writer or do they remain the same?
What is your most prized book possession? A first edition? A gift? Please describe.
I have a brittle old paperback of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that I picked up in a used book stall nearly 40 years ago, which remains on my desk, among the mess of so many other wonderful books.