Sweet land stories

E.L. Doctorow was nearly booed off the stage after he criticized Bush in a commencement speech at Long Island’s Hofstra University. (Via The Fix.)

In today’s Washington Post, Doctorow explains that the original Newsday story:

“left out the best part … I was saying a very traditional thing to graduates.” He said he told the 1,300 students that they no longer had to focus on grades and courses and degrees. But now as college graduates they will “find themselves living not only in a house and a neighborhood, but in history.”

He recalled, “I told them it was incumbent on citizens to be actively engaged in that history.”

And “simply because something was said by authority did not mean it shouldn’t be questioned.”


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