I've seen it before in person. I stood in front of it and didn't think much. I didn't wonder who made it or think it was even very beautiful. But no one told me either; there wasn't a plaque that said "attention, onlooker: it is a miracle this even exists. Look closely." There was no plaque that told me her story (Cleopatra's or Edmonia's). I didn't know then that the woman who carved this with her hands now lays in an unmarked grave in London.
Now, look at it again. That's the power of the story. Joan Didion famously wrote, in The White Album, that "we tell ourselves stories in order to live," but I think it is true, too, that we listen to stories in order to see.
Click here to listen to Nate DiMeo's story about Edmonia, and see her image below.
WRITER, RACHEL CUSK
"I have used my strength for the purposes of destruction. But now I can use it to build something that will last." After I read those words, I committed to reading every interview Rachel Cusk gave. This week I came across this New York magazine's The Cut interview with Cusk. If you aren't sure, scroll to the end and read the last paragraph, and then you'll know.
MANY, MANY MOONS
Who doesn't love a free hobby? NASA's website has been my most recent. I've found myself visiting and re-visiting the "moons" section, marveling at all I didn't know I shared a solar system with.