Congratulations to Dan Sharfstein, who is one of this year’s Guggenheim Fellows! I have written before about my admiration for Dan’s book The Invisible Line, and this seems a good occasion to say again — if you’re at all interested in the long, complicated history of race in America, buy the book and read it. His new book will be about Oliver Otis Howard and the Freedmen’s Bureau. This is the kind of project that requires long, deep research and painstaking thought. I don’t know if we can Kickstarter things like this, and I’m glad we have the Guggenheim Foundation to help make them possible.