In March, trying to think of a useful container to respond to what was unfolding, I asked my students to write and respond to the following questions:
What are the words, stories, lines, rituals and creative strategies we need for these times?
How do we practice breathing and care in times of disaster?
I didn’t ask my more hopeless question:
What is the use of writing and reading in these times when I can barely concentrate on anything for an extended period of time in the face of so much crisis and suffering?
This reading list is my own response to these questions with an eye towards understanding and perceiving the current state of the world with clear eyes and imaginative dreaming towards the future.