Since the 2016 election, reading the news each day can send even the most placid among us into a paralyzing apoplexia. We are enraged, we are bewildered, and then we get nothing done all day. We go to bed with teeth clenched, wake up, and it begins again.
But there are things we can do to feel a little less powerless.
Gathered here are twenty-two pieces in which powerful voices, from poets and novelists to actors and activists, speak to our predicament, to their state of mind, and to the crucial importance of committing to take action in 2018.
About the Author
Terrance Hayes is a poet, educator, and 2014 MacArthur Fellow. His seventh book of poetry, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, will come out this summer.
Tom Bissell is the author of nine books, including Apostles, Magic Hours, and (with Greg Sestero) The Disaster Artist.
Dodie Bellamy is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her most recent book is When the Sick Rule the World.
Lev Grossman is the author of the Magicians trilogy and the former book critic and lead technology writer for Time. He is currently writing a King Arthur novel called The Bright Sword.
Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American author, activist, teacher, and public speaker. Her third book, A Map into the World, will be published in '.
Owen King is a writer based in New York and the co-author, most recently, of Sleeping Beauties.
Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, and archivist/myth scientist, as well as the author of Hollywood Forever, Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues and Negro League Baseball. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Rick Moody is a novelist, short story writer, and artist in residence at New York University. His most recent novel, Gardens of North America, was published in 2015.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
- A Land Governed by Unkindness Reaps no Kindness by Terrance Hayes
- The Windeing Gyre by Tom Bissell
- Attack of the Shiny Black Oxford by Dodie Bellamy
- How Can You Not See This?
by Lev Grossman
- The Wide World of Belonging by Kao Kalia Yang
- The Idea of Reasonable Debate by Owen King
- This Bigness and the Whiteness by Harmony Holiday
- Obfuscation Is the Enemy by Rick Moody
- More for More Than Me by Tracy O’Neill
- Politically Correct? Hear Me Out, Please by CAConrad
- The Hundred Percent Doctrine by Karen Joy Fowler
- A Few Words in Defense of American Institutions (Which Is to Say, Us)
by Martin Seay
- Never Forget, Never Remember by Yahia Lababidi
- I Refuse by Sally Wen Moo
- Why I’ll Keep Protesting by Kevin Boyle
- Xenophobia, Bigotry, and Hatred by Mitra Jouhari
- There Is No End to That Season Anymore by Bill McKibben
- It Pours Down by Raquel Salas Rivera
- Be Counted by Jim Shepard
- The Extraordinary Self by Melissa Chadburn
- Not Him but Us by Steve Erickson
- I Commit by Matthew Zapruder