Today’s Word: Luddite (noun) – The Luddites (LUHD-ites) – followers of John Luddite – were a group of English textile workers during the 19thcentury Industrial Revolution. As a form of protest, they destroyed the “newfangled” machinery that they viewed as a threat to their jobs. Today, we use “Luddite” to refer to someone who is opposed to technological change. Example from Elton John: “I am so in the past. I’m such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano.”
Did You Know?: The dot above the “i” is called a tittle.
Worth Quoting: “The only thing I can be sure of is that anyone that has an ideology has stopped thinking.” – J.D. Salinger
Nobody Knows my Name
By James Baldwin
1961, 340 pages
The book is a collection of 13 essays that were written between 1956 and 1961 “in various places in many states and in many states of mind.” This was after Baldwin’s life in Europe had ended and he was living in America where, he says, “the color of my skin had stood between myself and me.”
Although the main barrier he speaks of is integration, the fundamental problems he deals with (including the deep resentment blacks have because of historical oppression and current prejudices) are just as relevant today as then.