The Baltimore writer and public intellectual Ta-Nehisi Coates hasn't been out of the news much lately.
Sometimes he's gotten attention when he has either won or been nominated for another prestigious literary prize. Other times, Coates has raised a ruckus by tackling controversial topics in the pages of The Atlantic magazine, where he is a national correspondent.
Coates made headlines again Wednesday when he acknowledged on the syndicated, independent news show "Democracy Now!" that he plans to vote for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Democrat, for president.
"I tried to avoid this question but yes, I will be voting for Senator Sanders,"...