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 A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press.
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.