The event is described thusly:
Writer State by State: A Panoramic . The brainchild of editors Wilsey and Matt Weiland and described as a "metaphorical ," State by State resurrects a project from the 1930s when the Works Project Administration (WPA) created the , commissioning America's best writers to describe their states. State by State looks at the nation anew through some of its most articulate, insightful, and engaging storytellers. joins Dave Weich in conversation about
Wilsey is joined by NPR blogger and former member of ); Daphne Beal (former editor of the New Yorker and writer whose work has appeared in Vogue, McSweeney's, Open City, and ); and (award-winning novelist). (
It would be very interesting to hear what these authors have learned from ordinary people across America - Steinbeck's people, Saul Bellow's people, Zora Neale Hurston's people.
And today, this morning, Pres. Bush stepped out onto the White House patio and described the economy as being at "a pivotal point" in history; in deep crisis. Finally an admission, by the man in charge, that we are up to our necks in serious doo-doo. I see any hope of health care going down the drain and lots of new taxes. The new president's time will be taken up with dealing with economic recovery and we will be dealing with more taxes and postponing retirement and working harder than ever before to shore up America's fortunes. I'm no economist, but I don't think you need to be one to see the handwriting on the wall. It's written pretty large.
On a brighter note, I have started yoga again, twice a week this time, and look forward to putting my warrior pose into practice. It's off into the future - with a brighter outlook - for me. I'm tired of saying "I'm so tired." I felt energized and relaxed - yes, all at the same time - last night and look forward to continuing my yoga practice and stretching in a regular exercise routine.
Here's a cool illustration I found in Project Gutenberg "children's picture books." It is "Struwwelpeter" by Heinrich Hoffman. (Have you ever explored there? It's an interesting project.) Do you think this is where Tim Burton got the Edward Scissorhands creation? I need to look up the story of Struwwelpeter.
Best to you all in these challenging times - femminismo