Be of service. You are taking your degree into a society dominated by concentrated poverty and a vulnerable middle class, a society where it is harder to pay for education, harder to find a job, harder to buy a house and harder to hold onto those things even if you manage to get them. You are entering adulthood during a period of mass incarceration and near constant war. There is a lot for you to do. Service is the rent you pay for the space you take up on the earth, and as a relatively privileged American you take up a lot of space. We are the most consuming, polluting, wasteful nation on earth. So your rent is steep. Pay it with service.
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
This interview is just beautiful.
(image by Shary Boyle)
INTERVIEW WITH DORIANNE LAUX
Poet Ali Liebegott took an epic road trip across America. Destination: the Emily Dickinson house. She interviewed female writers — mainly poets — along the way. In previous instalments of the series, she introduced the trip,
behold, lucky peach 5: the chinatown issue. explore what happens when chinese food leaves the motherland. read up on chinese-korean noodles, the san gabriel valley, opium dens, crab rangoons and magical white balls. pick up the issue on november 13th or pre-order a copy (or subscription) today. want even more lucky peach? david chang will be talking issue 5 on late night with jimmy fallon tonight. tune in at 12:35/11:35C!
Can’t wait to read it.
I especially loved the way Page-Turner phrased this finding: “A new Pew study shows that sixteen to twenty-nine year olds are still reading books and using libraries, despite knowing how to use computers.”
America’s Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong
Taken from NPR:
In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29.
Kathryn Zickuhr, the study’s main author, joins NPR’s David Greene to discuss the results.
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On Tuesday, October 23rd, at 7 pm, the JCCSF will host a conversation between the genre-transcending graphic novelists (and Believer contributors) Chris Ware and Charles Burns. Ware’s new Building Stories is a boxed set that imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building, while Burns’s new The Hive is “a fractured Burroughs-esque cavort through ’70s Seattle hipsterdom.”
If you live in the Bay Area, it may interest you to know that the JCCSF has been kind enough to offer Believer readers a whole row of seats! We get so excited when we imagine this row of Believer readers, seated happily side-by-side, discussing their favorite spinewords, laughing at the most chagrined of the apologies from our Notes & Apologies page, and taking votes on their all-time favorite Charles Burns cover illustrations. For a chance to win one of these coveted seats (repost for another chance!), tell us: who—or what—would you most like to see Charles Burns draw on the cover of the Believer?