Great Depression,” The Atlantic Monthly, October
An adaptation of Lincoln’s Melancholy, offering
the broad themes and arguments of the book in about 8,000 words.
Click here to download the PDF.
True Lincoln,” Time Magazine, July 4, 2005
The lead essay in Time’s special issue on Lincoln,
this piece surveys the uses and abuses of Lincoln through history, and
explains why we’re able now to see his true character as never
d“Comes Wisdom to Us,” Beliefnet, February 12, 2006
dAn excerpt of the last chapter of Lincon’s Melancholy.
DEPT. The Suicide Poem,” The New Yorker, June
A short piece on the discovery of Lincoln’s long-lost
“suicide poem.” I also discussed the poem — and what it
shows us about Lincoln’s turbulent early years — on NPR’s Talk
of the Nation.
Lincoln,” The Atlantic Monthly, February 2002
An essay on my fateful trip to the Association of Lincoln
Presenters annual convention.
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Black-and-White Lincoln,” The New York Times, April
A review essay on Suzan-Lori Parks’s
The America Play and her Pulitzer-Prize winning
Topdog/Underdog. Both plays feature characters who dress up
as Lincoln in carnival acts, while customers line up to shoot them in
“The Myth of
Lincoln, Reconstructed,” The American Prospect,
February 26, 2001
A review of several Lincoln texts, which urges the need to shed
old, tired myths for a new viable one.