I’ve often heard it said that we hear so much about the Nazi’s killing the Jews and so little about the Soviets killing their peasants because Jews write a lot of books and Russian peasants don’t.
In possibly related news, The New Republic is sad there aren’t more books on Hurricane Katrina (apparently they’ve run out of real topics to cover) given that there are so many on 9/11 (they list four(!) to prove their point). Could this be because black people don’t really write (or read) serious books at levels comparable to New Yorkers? (If my observations on the DC Metro are indicative of any broader trends, black women read lots of romance novels written by black women and Twilight books, while black men don’t read unless they’re very old, in which case they read the Bible).
Don’t hold your breath waiting for TNR to consider that possibility.