Heeding Our Prophets: 21st Century Freedom Ride

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela, one of the great prophets of justice in the 20th century, we must also remember that, for nearly three decades, South Africa jailed him. At the same time, here in the U.S., Bob Zellner was being jailed for insisting that white and black people should be able to eat, [Read More…]

Literature as a Container for Empathy: Continued Conversation with Fred Bahnson

Yesterday, I began a conversation with Fred Bahnson, one of my favorite authors, about what it is we’re doing when we write. I concluded by asking, “Don’t you think it’s fair to say that some stories evoke social change more than others? I mean, what’s the difference between a Jane Austen and a Charles Dickens? [Read More…]