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On the Civic Soapbox

Washington and Lee English professor Marc Conner hopped up on WMRA radio’s Civic Soapbox to discuss his recent visit to the National Book Awards when he opted not to heed Thoreau’s imperative (“beware of any enterprise that requires new clothes”) and wore a tuxedo to the gala event in New York City. The awards, which honored Colum McCann’s novel Let the Great World Spin, underscored for Marc the notion that our “national, ethnic, and racial identities are re-inventing themselves and all our boundaries have become more fluid.” You can read Marc’s remarks on the WMRA blog and listen to them below:

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