Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World
Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of
The Taxi Drivers of New York
This chapter is a report on the lives of immigrant taxi-drivers in New York City. The immediate occasion for this essay was a brutal assault on a NYC taxi-driver by a man who had served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The essay was also a contribution to the debate around the so-called Ground Zero mosque.