Rebecca Solnit, one of my favorite writers, has a new book out, Orwell’s Roses. I happened upon a 30 minute interview on “Start Making Sense,” The Nation’s podcast. In discussing her book, she talks about politics, pleasure, joy and resistance to authoritarianism. Solnit’s take on George Orwell, the man and his work, was thought provoking.
Here’s an interesting Nation article about Richard Power’s new novel Bewilderment. I am still reading Overstory. It is taking me awhile. It is a wonderful read, but living out the end of my life on a planet that has such an uncertain future makes it, at the same time, a very difficult read for me.
I thought I would share information about this free program that promotes the important idea that art and activism are related–an idea I see reflected in many of the posts on this blog. Here’s a description of the event: “At this year’s Art & Activism titled “Our House: Claiming ‘Home’ through Art and Design” numerous
I am taking a modern poetry class online, ModPo, and a young man with autism, Dan Bergman, was part of the latest discussion. I worked with autistic students as part of my career as a speech therapist, and I was very happy to meet Dan virtually. He was live and on camera with Al Filreis.
Activism is Art in that the best activism, like much of Great Art, is grounded in honest storytelling by artists/activists. Reading “The Migration Diary of Hala Almasi” by Amit Majmudar posted by JNaz prompted me to write about a recent experience I had as good friends were frantic to get their team out of Afghanistan.
Since I wrote a post about Joy Harjo’s book Crazy Brave: A Memoir–which I loved, I thought I’d share a bit of her poetry. It came to me in an e-mail from Kirkridge Retreat Center, a beautiful retreat and study center in the Pennsylvania Poconos. What a lovely Thanksgiving poem. Fall is soon officially here.
After a very gloomy, rain-soaking remnant from hurricane Ida hit yesterday, the sun came out today in my neck of the woods. To remain centered in our world these days, we all need sunshine, good friends, and some laughter. Here’s to the women in our blog. Today someone asked me if I knew you.I laughed
There is so much history I know nothing about. This memoir provided a wild ride through the 60’s-70’s lesbian feminist/gay rights movement from a lesbian feminist perspective. The author lived through it all. She was a student at Columbia University and also spent time in California as this history was unfolding. I found it especially
I thought I would pass on this opportunity. I have not read the controversial New York Times The 1619 Project. It is available for free at: https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf From the New York Times description of the project: “The 1619 Project began with the publication, in August 2019, of a special issue of The New York Times
Amy Sohn is a novelist, but she has also written for Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, The Nation and The New York Times. The Man Who Hated Women is a well researched history of feminist ‘sex radicals’ during The Gilded Age up to the death of Anthony Comstock in 1915 (the man who hated women) and beyond. This