Phi Beta Cons

Scholarly Insights on Tony



Inside Higher Ed relates that the Caribbean historian C.L.R. James was “one of the eminent black Victorians — a gentleman and a scholar, but also someone listening to what his friend Ralph Ellison called ‘the lower frequencies’ of American life.” 


James viewed gangster film “as symbol and proxy for the deepest tensions in American society.”


His thoughts have a certain relevance now – the day after “The Sopranos” came to “a perfectly imperfect finish,” and “Big Tony Soprano went out with a whimper and an onion ring.”