There was sad news with the death of one of my favorite authors. E. L. Doctorow has passed away at the age of 84. No one was better at writing great fiction to reveal essential realities of life. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical-fiction-dies-at-84.html?_r=0
Many of his books were made into film, and even as wonderful as some of them were, people almost always said, “The book was better”. He regularly mined the past to shine a bright light on the present. The clip above is from the stage musical based on Ragtime. Every one of the issues mentioned in the opening number set in 1904 are still part of today’s political confrontations.
RIP Mr. Doctorow. You will be missed.