I have a very crappy cable package. In some parts of the country, it's called "lifeline cable," and the cable company won't tell you about it unless you ask. Which means I watch a lot of C-SPAN.
This morning, while my coffee was brewing, I tuned in to see Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation
, introduce author, photographer, and labor reporter David Bacon, who happens to live in Berkeley.
In the middle of her introduction, Katrina suddenly launched into a fairly detailed account of Carey McWilliams's early career, including his labor writing and appointment to the California Division of Immigration and Housing. I almost did a spit-take with my coffee. I think it's the first time I've ever heard Carey's name uttered on television.
I managed to keep the coffee in my mouth, but I regret that I never interviewed Katrina for American Prophet
. (Others I missed were Ralph Nader, Studs Terkel, and Hunter S. Thompson.) I understand she helped organize his papers for the UCLA Library, and The Nation
ran a favorable review by Mike Davis a month before the book came out. (See the link to the right.)
Many of Carey's fans back east are only vaguely aware of his pre-Nation
accomplishments, so I'm glad to see that Katrina is acknowledging them publicly.
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