Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The burden of the black public intellectual

Should we abolish the electoral college?

Education and moral purpose

The last of the Inklings

Another attempt to define evangelicalism

Randall Kennedy reviews David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Deconstructing the 81%

Thomas Nast’s Thanksgiving

The U.S. military got its start in the wars against Native Americans

The decline of brick and mortar shopping


What is Ben Sasse reading?

Plymouth Rock

Kevin Kruse reviews Sarah Churchwell, Behold America: The Entangled History of “America First” and  “the American Dream”

Why can’t students write well?

The New York Times book review lists its “100 Notable Books” of 2018