Story, Memory, and Reconciliation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., USA — Maurice Broaddus, father of two biracial
children, reflects on the stories that comprise his children’s mixed
heritage and how such stories could lead toward reconciliation
between the races, in today’s issue of The Storyteller and the
Listener Online.

You can read the full graphics version of the essay here.

(A text-only version is available here.)

While I’m plugging things, J.C. Hay has a story, Brothers, up on Pseudopod. By a convergence of coincidence, it is read by another friend of ours, Richard Dansky. Go listen to a great story read greatly.

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Responsibility of the Artist

A few ideas have been running through my head about the nature of how ideas are propagated and disseminated in our culture. I’ve been mulling over the “food chain” of ideas:

-philosophers/theologians/scientists – the generators of ideas, of new ways of looking at reality

-artists – the communicators of those ideas, transmitting them to the (pop) culture at large.

-audience/culture – consumers of those ideas

Discuss.

In the meantime, my column for Intake. “Living Life in Light of Death.”

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