July 2014

My grandson once remarked to his father, “She won’t let anyone else drive her car, not ever.”  “He’s right”, I thought, and wondered about it, but not for long, because it’s so clear.  I don’t admit to many people that even now I get exactly the same brain rush every time I get in the car that I did when I was sixteen.  I should tell him why.  Continue reading

Political Correctness – Then and Now

10 July 2014

When Eleanor Roosevelt came to speak at Vassar in 1948, she was vilified by many Conservatives as a “left-wing Communist sympathizer.” The national climate was peppered with insinuation and accusation as the Russians invaded Czechoslovakia, the Rosenbergs dominated the headlines, and the view of Russia as a monolithic evil took hold. In this grim prelude to the McCarthy era, anyone to the left of Bill Buckley, another campus visitor, was suspect. The Vassar campus climate, on the other hand, was one of fierce protection of the right of any invited speaker to speak his mind. Continue reading