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These are strange times, my dear : field notes from the republic

Author: Wendy Willis
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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A poet, activist, and mother traces her path as we careen toward this perilous moment in American political and civic life. The pointed and wide-ranging essays in Wendy Willis These Are Strange Times, My Dear explore everything from personal resistance to the rise of political podcasts, civic loneliness to the exploitation of personal data, public outrage to the opioid crisisall with a poet's gift for finding the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Willis
ISBN: 1640091513 9781640091511
OCLC Number: 1057242710
Description: xiii, 299 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Chronicling the History of the Siege --
Chronicling the History of the Siege p. 11 --
A Midwinter's Meditation on Resistance --
Living Among the Things p. 22 --
On Civic Loneliness --
A Million People on One String p. 34 --
Big Data and the Poetic Imagination --
Night Sits Wherever You Are p. 45 --
On Transparency and Secrets --
I Hear the Place That Can't Be Named p. 58 --
One Writer's Reflections on the Right to Be Forgotten --
Tilt p. 65 --
On Public Outrage --
A Gnostic Bill of Rights --
A Gnostic Bill of Rights p. 81 --
Becoming Citizen --
Becoming Citizen p. 131 --
Buying Our Way Home p. 145 --
Rim of the Wound p. 153 --
An Open Letter to the Students of Columbia University's Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board, with a Special Note to My Own Daughters --
Where the World I Know and the World I Fear Threaten to Meet p. 162 --
What Is My Job Anyway? p. 172 --
Grappling with the Burdens and Blessings of Emotional Labor --
Love Does Not Boast p. 187 --
Sacred and Profane of Vote-by-Mail p. 198 --
I'd Have to Cry These Wounds to Mourn for Us p. 205 --
Ferlinghetti's Perfume --
Reckoning with the Bros p. 215 --
Donald Trump, Robert Bly, and Swimming in the Sea of Grief --
An All-or-Nothing Gamble p. 227 --
Václav Havel and His Spiritual Revolution --
Word Made Flesh p. 239 --
On Encountering the Work of Marcel Broodthaers --
These Are Strange Times, My Dear p. 246 --
Considering Ai Weiwei's @Large --
Article II, Section 1 p. 266 --
Capturing the President --
Peeping in the Crack Under the Goddamn Door p. 279 --
One Citizen's Refections on the Phenom That Is S-Town --
Perfume of Resistance p. 288 --
A Talk Given at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Responsibility: Wendy Willis.

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A poet, activist, and mother traces her path as we careen toward this perilous moment in American political and civic life. The pointed and wide-ranging essays in Wendy Willis These Are Strange Times, My Dear explore everything from personal resistance to the rise of political podcasts, civic loneliness to the exploitation of personal data, public outrage to the opioid crisisall with a poet's gift for finding the sacred in the mundane, a hope in the dark. Even the essays hint at the lyrical complexities within: "A Million People on One String: Big Data and the Poetic Imagination," "Peeping in the Crack Under the Goddamn Door: One Citizen's Reflections on the Phenom that Is S-Town 94," "Reckoning with the Bros: Donald Trump, Robert Bly, and Swimming in the Sea of Grief." For some, it feels as if Americans have never before been involved in a situation where every day brings a loud new threat to our public order and to our commonwealth. Our executive branch is demanding our scrutiny on a daily, even hourly, basis. Again and again, Willis returns to the demanding question posed by Czech writer, activist, and politician Václav Havel: What does it mean to live in truth? As a way to hear this question and to begin an answer, Willis circles around it, to realize her duties and reactions to truth and power as a woman, a mother, a lawyer, and a poetas an American.

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