“Why do you want to be a storyteller?” I asked my freshmen. It was the second time I had asked. The first time had been on the second day of class, an eternity earlier, during the last week of August. Then, most of them looked at me quizzically. A couple of them looked downright bored. […]
Tony Judt has been a leading historian of, and thinker about, the post-war world for a number of decades. On any number of grounds, he is one of the positive contributors to the world. He also has amytrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease, and he is degenerating rapidly. And he has a new goal–convincing the young that government is not the enemy.