What To Read, What to Teach: A Symposium
In January of this year several writers sent our way a Wall Street Journal opinion piece (“Shakespeare Wasn’t Woke”) by a children’s book critic named Meghan Cox Gurdon. These friends suggested that we consider building a modest symposium around the issues raised, and we thought this was a good idea. When the commissioned pieces came in from writers including Francine Prose, Siri Hustvedt and Mark Edmundson, we were not at all surprised, or disappointed, to see that they came at the relevant issues in divergent ways. The response pieces—featured in the current issue of Salmagundi, #210-211, just out, and available online under Special Features just below—suggest that this is not a debate apt to be resolved any time soon.