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9780813546186

Dedicated to the People of Darfur

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813546186

  • ISBN10:

    0813546184

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-20
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

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Life’s changes. They happen every day. Some large, some small. A few are very personal. Others impact the world.Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hopeincludes original and inspiring essays that celebrate the glories gained from taking risks, breaking down barriers, and overcoming any obstacles.Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, a gallery of O.Henry award recipients, and many best-selling authors come together to share personal and compelling challenges and experiences. From contemplations on past drug use to reflections on gun control, social justice, passion and its sacrifices, and adventures such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and golfing, the topics vary greatly. This kaleidoscopic anthology is a commentary on the lives of prominent literary artists and ordinary citizens who have made simple, yet powerful choices that provoked change in one’s self and for humanity—much the same way that Luke and Jennifer Reynolds do by building this invaluable collection for readers and the world of human rights.Not too long ago, as struggling graduate students, Luke and Jennifer Reynolds conceived this uniquely themed volume as a way to raise funds to support ending the genocide in Darfur. Some people carry signs, others make speeches, many take action. What is most special about this book is that it extends beyond words and ideas, into a tangible effort to effect change. To this end, all royalties from the sales ofDedicated to the People of Darfur:Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hopewill benefit The Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that seeks to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

Author Biography

Luke and Jennifer Reynolds are both passionate about human rights causes and literature. Currently they live in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with their son, Tyler. Luke is a teacher and writer and Jennifer is a freelance writer and full-time mother.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The Fears Within
Weeping Unfamiliar Tearsp. 3
Scared Debra Sparkp. 6
The Risk of (Not) Communicatingp. 9
Real Risksp. 12
Holding a Little Girl's Handp. 15
Safe Passagep. 19
Rescuing Fire from the Floodp. 24
Writing Risk
Life Drawingsp. 29
Writing Toward the Centerp. 36
Like a Syrupy Sweetp. 39
An Apostate in Academep. 41
Risks in Writing the Novel, The Rape of Sitap. 43
One Man's Riskp. 49
Writing Sucksp. 55
On the Linep. 56
Politics and the Imagination: How to Get Away with Just about Anything (in Ten Not-So-Easy Lessons)p. 60
Where I Come From
That Other World That Was the Worldp. 73
Melodious Chimesp. 86
Rescued by Junkiesp. 88
The Prozac Variationsp. 93
Our Side of the Tracksp. 104
The House Firep. 106
The Risk of Deadnessp. 109
The Risk of Consciousnessp. 112
High Noon at Midnightp. 116
Recipep. 119
Riskp. 124
Creating Change
Taking Risksp. 129
Spinningp. 131
Girls and Gunsp. 132
From Individual Despair to Collective Risk Taking: Stopping the Corporate Bulliesp. 137
Angels or Apes? An Inquiry into the Nature of Modern Sadism and the Optional Extinction of Our Speciesp. 140
Reclaiming the Self: Pain and Risk in the Pursuit of Our Bestp. 144
Skateboarding the Third Rail: The Risk of the Middlep. 151
Choices on a Runaway Trainp. 156
A Kinder, Gentler Patriotismp. 159
Leaving Safety
XYZp. 165
Sunday Morning in Oaklandp. 166
Island Journal: November with Hog's Bloodp. 171
Devil's Workp. 179
Camping out of the Comfort Zonep. 186
Males and Riskp. 189
The Politics of Hopep. 194
Everyday Courage and the "How" of Our Workp. 199
Mutually Assured Destruction and Jumping Horsesp. 208
Jumpp. 211
The Only World I Heard Was "Abeeda." That Means Slavep. 213
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 227
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