Hot Reads 8.22.15

It’s August. A month of heat, humidity, and irritable moodiness in the South. On top of that, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is coming up and it’s all over the news, all over social media and just everywhere I turn. I am not looking forward to next week. I lived through it and I don’t want to relive it, thank you. I’ll leave it to the politicians and philosophers to “celebrate” how far we’ve come but I’ll be keeping my head down and looking forward to September. Here’s a little list of what I’ve been reading lately: Aubrey Hirsch humorously muses about … Continue reading Hot Reads 8.22.15

Muriel Rukeyser: Stories not Atoms

There’s a great essay on The Toast by Laura Passin about Muriel Rukeyser, “Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980): The Forgotten Woman”. I loved it. Here’s the first paragraph, to whet your appetite: What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. Muriel Rukeyser wrote that in 1968, even though she’d been splitting the world open for decades already. She’d gone from literary wunderkind to lefty pariah to feminist heroine precisely because of her commitment to telling the truth–about one woman’s life, yes, but also about many, many women’s lives, about the lives that weren’t … Continue reading Muriel Rukeyser: Stories not Atoms