Disaster Zen for Writers (and Readers)

  • My left-leaning friends worried about whether we could have unity afterward.
  • My right-leaning relatives worried about whether we could have unity afterward.
  • People say they are frightened that the extremists in our world are coming out of the woodwork, and I say that they have always been there. People say the extremists didn’t feel powerful before, and I think, what about the Klan in the 1920s, the Holocaust in the 1930s, the 1960s with its divisiveness between generations? The Civil War, the abolitionist movement, suffrage movements, Civil Rights?
  • People worry about post-election acts of violence, and I remember that acts of violence often occur, depending on nothing in particular.
Image of A Little Princess book cover, picturing a sad-looking girl with long dark hair, clutching a doll on her lap.
Book cover of THE FIRE NEXT TIME with a photo of James Baldwin, a Black man in a shearling coat holding a Black toddler.

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