Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

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Dedicated to the
People of Darfur
Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

EDITED BY
LUKE REYNOLDS
JENNIFER REYNOLDS

FOREWORD BY
GEORGE SAUNDERS

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, AND LONDON

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Part One - The Fears within 1
  • Weeping Unfamiliar Tears 3
  • Scared 6
  • The Risk of (Not) Communicating 9
  • Real Risks 12
  • Holding a Little Girl’s Hand 15
  • Safe Passage 19
  • Rescuing Fire from the Flood 24
  • Part Two - Writing Risk 27
  • Life Drawings 29
  • Writing toward the Center 36
  • Like a Syrupy Sweet 39
  • An Apostate in Academe 41
  • Risks in Writing the Novel, the Rape of Sita 43
  • One Man’s Risk 49
  • Writing Sucks 55
  • On the Line 56
  • Politics and the Imagination- How to Get Away with Just about Anything (in Ten Not-So-Easy Lessons) 60
  • Part Three - Where I Come from 71
  • That Other World That Was the World 73
  • Melodious Chimes 86
  • Rescued by Junkies 88
  • The Prozac Variations 93
  • Our Side of the Tracks 104
  • The House Fire 106
  • The Risk of Deadness 109
  • The Risk of Consciousness 112
  • High Noon at Midnight 116
  • Recipe 119
  • Risk 124
  • Part Four - Creating Change 127
  • Taking Risks 129
  • Spinning 131
  • Girls and Guns 132
  • From Individual Despair to Collective Risk Taking Stopping the Corporate Bullies 137
  • Angels or Apes? an Inquiry into the Nature of Modern Sadism and the Optional Extinction of Our Species 140
  • Reclaiming the Self Pain and Risk in the Pursuit of Our Best 144
  • Skateboarding the Third Rail the Risk of the Middle 151
  • Choices on a Runaway Train 156
  • A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism 159
  • Part Five - Leaving Safety 163
  • Xyz 165
  • Sunday Morning in Oakland 166
  • Island Journal November with Hog’s Blood 171
  • Devil’s Work 179
  • Camping out of the Comfort Zone 186
  • Males and Risk 189
  • The Politics of Hope 194
  • Everyday Courage and the "How" of Our Work 199
  • Mutually Assured Destruction and Jumping Horses 208
  • Jump 211
  • The Only Word I Heard Was "Abeeda." That Means Slave 213
  • About the Editors and Contributors 227
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