Things do change, and not always for the worse. We simply have a hard time remembering how bad they could get, in part because Americans have an odd, passionate need to live without history, and in part because the past half-century has accustomed us to an endless barrage of updates, for good or ill. Thinking back to a time when such things didn't exist requires genuine effort. Try explaining to the young what Shakespeare had to do instead of e-mailing scripts to Burbage from his iPad, or why Lena Horne was not allowed to enter certain hotels by the front door even while she was headlining in their supper clubs, and you'll see what I mean. To the young, such phenomena make the past look inexplicably clumsy,... More >>>