Before the fires devastated Maui, when the soundscape still seemed, balanced and serene, I was invited to be a part of a collaboration: humans with their instruments joining humpback whales vocalizing on their winter breeding ground in
The generous invitation was from musician, composer, author and philosopher-naturalist David Rothenberg. Too insecure to take part as a musician (David is incredibly accomplished, and of course, famous), I listened and wondered at the beauty of it all.
David's bass clarinet and Dutch musician Tristan Visser's bowed guitar sometimes added texture and depth as they accompanied the whales' songs. Many moments were purely composed of whale melodies. There are , a portion of the North Pacific humpback population, which includes about 21,000 individuals.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2022 was awarded to French writer Annie Ernaux "for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory."
The 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books reflect our collective moment.
Embrace some healing at the Collective Trauma Summit 2020; the Power of Collective Healing
On May 27, 2020 NPR's poet-in-residence, Kwame Alexander, shared the poem, 'Running for Your Life,' a community poem for Ahmaud Arbery. The poem had hardly been complete when another horrific tragedy demanded the world stare squarely again into the face of injustice: the death of George Floyd.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 has been awarded to Austrian Author
And finally, The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 was awarded to the Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk.
It's time to revisit the splendor of Beloved as the world bids farewell to the incandescent Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
A complex thriller steeped in 90s pop culture, Lounge Act by Adrienne Reiter has been worth the wait!
The Nobel prize in literature 2018 is cancelled, and the circumstances surrounding the decision to postpone the award are mired in the complicated global perception of right and wrong. The Swedish Academy announced there will be two laureates in 2019.
The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, and the prize for Fiction was awarded to Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company). What a beautiful, worthwhile read - substantial.
Where would we be without artists like those who occupy the pages of Mission At Tenth, the peaceful torchbearers relentlessly insisting on social change? Spending time in the pages of this literary journal feels like a road map for the intellect - and for the heart.
Have you read Megan Hunter's, The End We Start From? Dystopian Fiction, this felt real - insightful. The world into which the author wraps her characters is so fantastical that the story demands the reader constantly check what she knows about reality. Getting lost in this story is a delicious way to spend an afternoon.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is… YOUTHQUAKE! The noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people." Oxford editors collected mounds of data to arrive at their decision. Why did this word spark in our collective conscience in 2017, and what does it indicate for the year ahead?
The Man Booker Prize 2017 winner is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It delightfully breaks all the structure rules!