Monthly Archives: March 2012

by Darren Pearson

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.” – Alice Walker

Sleep Well, Adrienne.

First the air is blue and then

it is bluer and then green and then

black I am blacking out and yet

Reading Diary: Day 3

Karl Blossfeldt, Nigella Damascena Spinnenkopf, c. 1932.

Day 3: March 28, 2012

About Last Night, or Why Cheryl Strayed’s Reading Was WILD

by Makoto Azuma

I can’t explain it logically, but I don’t have to because I know it’s true: Last night, I turned a corner. I thought I was simply going to Housing Works Bookstore because I love The Rumpus and because I wanted to hear Cheryl Strayed read from her new memoir Wild. That was true, but the moment Dayna Kurtz got on stage with her guitar and kicked the night off by singing “Please Mama, Let Me Come Home,” a voice in the marrow of my bones started saying over and over again, “This is it.”

The reading was wonderful. Hearing a chapter from Wild as well as several readings of Cheryl’s amazing Dear Sugar column was wonderful. Being there with a good friend and also making new friends was wonderful, but beyond those tiny, beautiful things, I felt happy in a deep way, a way that said “You’re moving in the right direction. Here’s one more sign post to prove it.”

Here are just a few of the gems from Cheryl’s work I heard last night:

“How do we travel through the different terrains we have to travel through & carry the beast that is our life?”

“Quit worrying about your career. You don’t have a career, you have a life. Do the work.”

“You will believe you no longer have a right to tiny, beautiful things. You are wrong. You do.”

“You don’t need a reason to leave someone you love. Wanting to leave is enough.”

“We swim there, in the direction of whatever that is, towards real life.”

“No one will protect you from your suffering. You have to live it.”

“The whole thing about making art is that you have to be brave which is different from not being afraid.”

So, yeah. It was quite a night. I even have a coffee mug that says “Be Brave Enough to Break Your Own Heart   — Sugar” to prove it. Also, a thousand and one thank you’s to Christine Zilka for tickets to the Sold Out reading.

Reading Diary: Day 3

by Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy

I’m just gonna go out on a limb here & bet that most of my day will be devoted to reading Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. Really, I can’t help myself. I’ve been waiting for this book & had no idea until I read the first page last night.

Day 3: March 27, 2012

Reading Diary: Day 2

by Lisa Congdon

Trying to faithfully record everything I read is trickier than I thought mainly because it’s difficult (and a bit tedious) to record every news article I come across.  In any case, here’s what I’ve got for today so far.

Day 2: March 26, 2012

“We always knew the world / would crack open like this, in our lifetime.” – Michael Klein

by Maskull Lasserre

I can’t help myself. I keep reading “Not Light’s Version” by Michael Klein over & over again.