On today’s show David Bianculli reviews The Central Park Five, the Ken Burns documentary about the five young black and Latino men who were wrongly accused and convicted of assaulting and raping a white woman who, in 1989, was running in Central Park. The doc airs tonight on PBS. It and the book on which it’s based by Burns’ daughter, Sarah, have brought a resurgence of public interest to the case which was a huge and controversial case and media event at the time. Among the many contemporary perspectives on it, was Joan Didion’s now-classic 1991 essay for The New York Review of Books, "Sentimental Journeys," which foresaw the fact that the boys had been wrongly convicted. If you haven’t already read it, it’s long but it is spectacular.
Image of Central Park by Sergey Semonov via My Modern Met