The friction between

May 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

After reading Katherine Boo’s incredible Behind the Beautiful Forevers, I’m on the lookout for other women who’ve addressed themes in nonfiction that, to me, seem like the most death-defying of written feats. Here’s a new one that I’m intrigued by…

“My lodestar, my master narrative, is the friction between violence and beauty, between my hosts’ heartrending candor and crushing disenfranchisement, between the ancient and the modern, between our penchant for bloodshed on the one hand and our inherent defiance of depravity on the other. The intricacies of life are shaped within such precarious balancing.” — Anna Badkhen

Lately I’ve had a hard time perceiving this balance. The violence and bloodshed appear to overtake. 



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  1. The violence and brutality in this world can be disheartening, but please remember that there are millions, nay, BILLIONS, of small acts of kindness that go unheralded every day.

    Patton Oswalt puts it a bit more eloquently, once you get past the opening profanity, in his remarks in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

  2. Love this piece from Patton Oswalt, John Williamson! Also, I’m counting your comment (and as always your readership) amongst those billions of small acts.

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