Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Writing the World: On Globalization

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Writing the World: On Globalization

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Review: Writing the World: On Globalization By David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor (Eds.) Reviewed by Byron Anderson Northern Illinois University, USA David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor (Eds.). Writing the World: On Globalization. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005. xxii, 250 pp. ISBN: 0-262- 18245-9 (cloth). US$34.95.

This is a book of stories, twenty-six in all, made up of personal essays, memoirs and poems that are complemented with fifteen black and white photographs and works of art. These stories relate how interconnected we are globally and how we learn from each other, focusing on individual experiences rather than broad economic and political policies. The contributors are geographically and occupationally diverse, coming from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, and including writers, artists, poets, journalists, photographers, and activists, as well as a doctor and a librarian. The contributors succeed in telling "how newness enters the world," to borrow a quote from Salman Rushdie.

Though published by an academic press, the book has broad general appeal. There are few references and no bibliography or index, nor are these necessary. The pieces are not pro-globalization and clearly acknowledge the suffering America has caused. Contributors, such as Indian author Arundhati Roy and Baghdad artist Nuha al-Radi, are outspoken opponents of America's global domination. Yet, within these pieces lie remarkable ideas and stories of hope. For example, theatrical producer Roberta Levitow writes, "I have no doubt that millions of Americans want to help make this world safer and better through means other than guns, soldiers and tanks.... Let us become a people who are unafraid to learn from others how to view a world that is different from our own" (p. …

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