Hope Index, Vol. 5: Burned Coffee & Foreign Correspondents
Week 5 of this lovely mag and interacting with all of you continues to get even sweeter. But before you read on for some thoughtful and provocative weekend reading: ask yourself, "Did I, or did I not, enter the Upwrite giveaway?" If you haven't yet -- it's not too late to forgive yourself! Click here, and come back when we're square.
We're Missing the Story: Fascinating piece in the NY Times about the decline in reporting from overseas. When only one or two voices are left to tell the story to us in our common language, we run the risk of losing any hope of understanding whatsoever. While globalism gives us so many more pieces of the world, it disconnects us from the larger context that invents those pieces of the world to begin with and we are lost. With an article like this, gaining a wide enough audience, there's always hope that some people will sit up, pay attention, and try to reverse the tide. Click it.
Class is in Session with Professor Edith Wharton: I still miss HTMLGIANT, and I'm grateful that the archives are still up to revisit every now and again. This essay by Roxane Gay (one of my current faves) about Edith Wharton (dead fave is still a fave) rejects formalism and stuffiness so often used to write about this particular author.
Madeleine Dubus on Hearing Her Father's Voice Again: Devastating, gorgeous short memoir piece about experiencing grief as an adolescent and bringing it into creative adulthood. Lots of rich reflections on pain and it's relation to hope, and to art. Some of my favorite quotes:
"Eventually, I learned that my pain was not something to disconnect from, to rid myself of; rather it was something I needed to care for, protect, and let speak."
"Hope here doesn’t have to mean happiness, but progress, continuing on after tragedy; walking the dog, simply being aware of life around us, other hearts beating, the universe. As always—outside my window—birds sing, fog settles, mountains appear and reappear with the seasons. We are so small."
Fire Shuts Down Local Dunkin Donuts: The Dunkin' Donuts in the town where I went to college was severely damaged by a bathroom fire. If you know me, went to college where I did, lived here, know someone that lived here, or just like videos of people saying outlandish things in provincial accents, this video will be really funny to you.
See you all here bright and early on Monday for another hope-stirring week.