Since Election Day, or really, the morning after the election, when I woke up to a new reality, I have had a difficult time settling down to write. Partly this is due to the agitation I feel, a generalized sense that bad things are happening. That worse things will happen. This fear fuels my knitting, which calms me with simple, repetitive motions, and my cooking, which has its own dance of repetitive motions and at the same time fills the house with the comforting smells of onions caramelizing on the stove, squash cooking in the oven. My grandchildren have benefited with a slew of new sweaters, my husband has been served an array of new meals, and I have generally kept myself sane. But I have not been writing.Read More
writing: is the personal political?
Feb 03, 2017 11:03 AM EST
Action may prove to mean more than words, and I'm quite sire we may suffer less agitation if we acknowledge the differences, often very great, between what Trump says, what we think he actually meant (through the haze created by how he said it), and, most importantly, what the mainstream media says he has said -- with the last often being far more fearful than the first.
Apr 01, 2017 6:48 AM EDT
I needed to read this today. Thank you. I love reading political writing. And the four books you cited were, funny enough, among my top reads of 2016. Especially "Citizen" and "Underground Railroad". But I write "small". I write the personal story. I write the moment in time from the perspective of the universal flyspeck. And the emotional connection I feel with and to that makes the writing (process and work) more rewarding and, for me, more powerful. Thank you for reminding me of that today. I'm sinking under the weight of despair at where our country is and I know that only writing will keep me afloat and productive.
- Amy Selwyn