Posts Tagged ‘writers’

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The Right to Write – A NYT article

July 2, 2014

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Here’s how Roxana Robinson begins her article, The Right to Write, in New York Times:

I sat on a panel once with another novelist and a distinguished African-American critic, to discuss Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The critic said, “Of course, as a white woman, Stowe had no right to write the black experience.” The other novelist said lightly, “No, of course not. And I had no right to write about 14th-century Scandinavians. Which I did.”

The exchange made me wonder: who has the right to our stories?

She also goes on to ask:

Who owns the story, the person who lives it or the person who writes it?

 

This is how Robinson concludes her piece, and I could not agree more. 

A writer is like a tuning fork: We respond when we’re struck by something. The thing is to pay attention, to be ready for radical empathy. If we empty ourselves of ourselves we’ll be able to vibrate in synchrony with something deep and powerful. If we’re lucky we’ll transmit a strong pure note, one that isn’t ours, but which passes through us. If we’re lucky, it will be a note that reverberates and expands, one that other people will hear and understand.

You really should read the whole post.

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Maya & Me & Maya

May 30, 2014
Via Sydney Clark

Via Sydney Clark

Maya & Me & Maya

Charles Blow writes in the New York Times about What Maya Angelou Meant to Me

I have a group of writers I call my literary mothers and fathers: Alice Walker and James Baldwin and Toni Morrison and Alex Haley and Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes. And yes, Maya Angelou.

This is not because I knew them, but rather because, through their words, they have nurtured me, inculcating in me a sense of myself that sustains me. They helped me to see myself and love myself when I felt least seen and least loved.

They saved me.

If you are a writer, this is really a worthwhile read. It is a worthwhile read even if you are not a writer yourself.