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February 2009 Archives

A guest post by Damaris Williams. On February 6, IDP premiered its first Salon night, featuring a showing of the Dhamma Brothers film. I quickly asked Ethan if I could write something about it. I hadn’t seen the movie, but […]

I am interested in how emptiness shows up in Western culture, particularly in poetry, philosophy and music.  Today I wanted to take a close look at a poem by Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man,” and discuss to what degree what […]

Just in case these hard times made you forget what joy looks like.

The other night, while discussing directing theater, my friend Peter asked about my directing process:  “so is that how you tend to work?” and I thought about it and said “you know honestly, I’m only twenty seven years old and although that […]

Last week’s New Yorker had a great profile of novelist Ian McEwan, the guy who wrote Atonement, among other things (sorry, it’s not available for free online. Abstract here). Nestled at the very end of the piece was a quote […]

Photo taken at the Canal Plastics window display.

I’ve had many wonderful conversations over the past few years about the role of anarchism in western society (not the Anarchist Cookbook blow stuff up and call it anarchism juvenile version, I’m talking real deal anarchy that involves re-thinking the […]

I don’t particularly like conflict. It makes me all sorts of uncomfortable. I was thinking about what Ellen Scordato wrote about sitting with her uncomfortableness in response to Emily Herzlin’s post this week. I have a very hard time sitting […]

I was very encouraged to read this post in the editor’s blog of the Nation, published yesterday: Now that thirty years of deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy have failed so spectacularly, creating an economic catastrophe in its wake, […]

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body […]