"Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A."
Our guest is Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, who joins us to discuss her new book. That well-regarded book, "Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.," is an unflinching memoir of Allen's late cousin as well as a detailed and accessible critique of America's criminal justice system. Per Jennifer Senior in The New York Times: "A compassionate retelling of an abjectly tragic story.... Among the most valuable contributions Allen makes is forcing us to ask: To what end are we locking up our children? Are we not foreclosing their options before their lives have even begun...? [Her] analysis of gang culture -- or 'the parastate,' as she calls it, with its own bylaws and tragic form of appeal -- may be where she's at her ferocious best." Note that Allen will appear tonight (the 6th) at 7pm at a reading/signing to occur at the TCC Center for Creativity.