When new 300 Reviews editor Luke Southworth first encouraged me to write this essay, I said something polite and noncommittal. I didn’t think I would do it. It’s true that I wouldn’t have written it without his encouragement. It’s also true, though (and maybe more significant), that I would not have published this piece anywhere but at 300 Reviews. I knew I was too close to this topic to know if I’d negotiated it well, but I believe in Luke’s editorial abilities, and that made me confident enough to trust his faith in the piece.