steve_almond_big.jpg  Tomorrow night, one of my favorite writers, Steve Almond, will be at the Tractor reading, no doubt, from his forthcoming essay collection, (Not That You

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Steve Almond's Protest

The debate hasn't been put to rest.

steve_almond_big.jpg Tomorrow night, one of my favorite writers, Steve Almond, will be at the Tractor reading, no doubt, from his forthcoming essay collection, (Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions. As many of you probably know, Almond resigned last year from his post as adjunct professor of English at Boston College in protest over the administration's decision to invite Condoleeza Rice to be the commencement speaker at BC's graduation. He delivered the resignation as an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe, prompting tons of passionate folks to either smear him for his move (many of which are reprinted in the new issue of Tin House), or praise him for his nobility. Now, I'm not a fan of Condi either, but my immediate reaction to this was that it was a selfish act. Selfish, because he left students behind to fend for themselves, students he could have influenced to take further, more rationale actions. I remember when my univeristy paid $80,000 for Barbara Bush to speak at a commencement, the uproar was tremendous. Leftist profs did not quit...rather, they sparked debates in the classrooms. Now that he's coming to town, what do you think of his action? Selfish? Noble? I don't feel the debate has been properly put to rest.

 

 
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