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Kamel Daoud, Algerian novelist and journalist

Well just look at all the other Musas in this dive, one by one, and imagine—as I do—how they could have survived a shot fired in bright sunlight or how they managed never to cross paths with that writer of yours or, in a word, how they’ve managed to not be dead yet. — The […]

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering these lines from the poem Going Back, which was written in Catalan by Gemma Gorga; translated to English by poet, linguist, and translator Anna Crowe; and published in Six Catalan Poets (Arc Publications, 2013). This poem might be one of those rare gems that transcends those large […]

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About a week ago I landed, not entirely accidentally, right in front of an article I had long been waiting to discover. Its advertising line warned: “Children born to the Facebook generation will grow up to find a huge number of photos of themselves available online.” That is, they will find a huge online legacy […]

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When Margaret Grebowicz writes about the body, she usually means the female body. The body is the main site where pornography and life happen. It is the private place where we make decisions and plan on asserting who we are. But it is also the public space that limits how others see us. In one […]

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Click for PDF. Illness, Identity, and the Redefinition of Self through Narrative My Experience with Guillain-Barré Syndrome By Adrian Wittenberg Adrian Wittenberg holds an M.A. in humanities and currently resides in San Francisco, California.   Introduction The mind and body are linked in an individual’s self-identity. A disease—an abnormal biological condition—thus leads to illness, “[the] […]

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Click for PDF. Illness, Identity, and the Redefinition of Self through Narrative My Experience with Guillain-Barré Syndrome By Adrian Wittenberg Adrian Wittenberg holds an M.A. in humanities and currently resides in San Francisco, California.   Introduction The mind and body are linked in an individual’s self-identity. A disease—an abnormal biological condition—thus leads to illness, “[the] […]

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July 16, 2018

Thanks a lot, Steve. And, continuing the segue-ing, here's an old (and traditional) Gary Snyder poem I just came across yesterday: Seaman’s Ditty I’m wondering where you are now Married, or mad, or free: Wherever you are you’re likely glad, But memory troubles me. We could’ve had us children, We could’ve had a home— But you thought not, and I thought not, And these nine years we roam. Today I worked in the deep dark tanks, And climbed out to watch the sea: Gulls and salty waves pass by, And mountains of Araby. I’ve travelled the lonely oceans And wandered the...

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Click for PDF. Illness, Identity, and the Redefinition of Self through Narrative My Experience with Guillain-Barré Syndrome By Adrian Wittenberg Adrian Wittenberg holds an M.A. in humanities and currently resides in San Francisco, California.   Introduction The mind and body are linked in an individual’s self-identity. A disease—an abnormal biological condition—thus leads to illness, “[the] […]

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July 16, 2018

A very nice piece, William. I am reminded of a Sung Dynasty poem that D.T. Suzuki quotes in one of his books. I'm not sure of its relevance here, but it seems to resonate somehow. Misty rain on Mount Lu, And waves surging at Che Kiang. When you have not been there, Many a regret you have; But once there and homeward you wend, How matter-of-fact things look! Misty rain on Mount Lu And waves surging at Che Kiang.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Click for PDF. Illness, Identity, and the Redefinition of Self through Narrative My Experience with Guillain-Barré Syndrome By Adrian Wittenberg Adrian Wittenberg holds an M.A. in humanities and currently resides in San Francisco, California.   Introduction The mind and body are linked in an individual’s self-identity. A disease—an abnormal biological condition—thus leads to illness, “[the] […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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