The Duel on July 11

On this day in 1804, Alexander Hamilton, former US Secretary of Treasury, and Vice President Aaron Burr went out to Weehawken, NJ, to do a duel (where it was legal to do, because gentlemen weren’t supposed to do that in NYC in those days). Hamilton had lost his eldest son to a duel in NJ only a few years earlier. Hamilton had put on his spectacles, and history proceeded; he was mortally wounded, and he is buried over at Trinity Church in downtown.

(photo I took of Trinity Church, back on March 27, 2010).

Burr remained a complicated figure.

The whole thing became a Broadway musical more than 200 years later. Ideas of masculinity, honor, and politics didn’t mix all that well in those days. But, these days, I wonder if having a little more honor might do a lot more good.

(cross-posted at sswslitinmotion.tumblr.com)

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019!

Happy APA Heritage Month 2019! (or AAPI or APIA, for that matter).

NBC NewsNBC Asian America section has a couple of interesting features on May 1, 2019:

An Asian Pacific American Heritage Month reading list: Nonfiction” by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, with a deep list of recent non-fiction books or other writings by and about APAs.

And “An Asian Pacific American Heritage Month reading list: Fiction” by Lakshmi Gandhi, with a deep list of recent fiction books, graphic novels, or other writings by and about APAs.

Obviously, my too-long, perpetual never-ending to-read list will continue to grow… — ssw15

(cross-posted at sswslitinmotion.tumblr.com)