“I am not sure it is mine.”–Notes on Writing in Helen Keller’s THE STORY OF MY LIFE

“I am not sure it is mine.”–Notes on Writing in Helen Keller’s THE STORY OF MY LIFE

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Almost halfway through Helen Keller’s The Story of my Life, which first appeared in installments in Ladies’ Home Journal throughout 1902, is a chapter recalling what Keller labels “the one cloud in my childhood’s bright sky.” Chapter 14 tells the tale of the author’s first adventure in writing–her composition at the age … Continue reading

Essay: Searching for a Collective Movement in “Progressive” Seattle—from the South Seattle Emerald

by Renea Harris-Peterson & emily warren Seattle, celebrated for its progressive positions on many issues, still struggles to push past the façade of “liberalism” into the true realm of equity. Lack of rent control, the police force being under investigation, woefully underfunded education, and the proposal to build a new youth incarceration facility are just […] … Continue reading

Essay: Terrance Hayes Says in Times Like These, Poets Need to Poet–from the South Seattle Emerald

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Throughout the day on Thursday, poet and teacher Terrance Hayes gave a series of talks on the campus of Bellevue College. His topic was “Social Justice for Black Lives,” and he addressed it through a morning presentation before faculty, students, and staff; a later question and answer session moderated by English professors […] … Continue reading

The Elusive Invitations of Essay Films (1988-2016)

The Elusive Invitations of Essay Films (1988-2016)

by Saravanan Mani The films I list here are tentative, incomplete attempts or “essays” that reflect on a theme while initiating conversations with narrative cinema. These films are fictional and non-fictional explorations that start in specific narrative premises but venture beyond those beginnings to interrogate the film-making process through the making of film. While such … Continue reading

Essay: It is Time to Talk About Basic Income, Again —from the South Seattle Emerald

by Brian Bergen-Aurand I’m now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective—the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967) 47%. By some predictions, 47% of […] … Continue reading