Timely Art

 

All week I’ve tuned into the headlines whether consciously or unconsciously. Probably another sign of being cheap, but we claim that streaming would plant us in front of the TV every night. Our queue is 99% Academy Award nominees, and we really don’t pay attention to what’s coming. This week “Deepwater Horizon” arrived. Since the destruction of the globe is my worst nightmare, this movie in concert with the administration’s desire to open the oceans again to oil drilling made me want to climb on a rig and block drilling with my cane and vicious dog! Especially since I’d heard a radio commentary by a marine biologist who was saved from a shark by a beautiful humped-back whale.   How many blowholes have already been clogged from spills?

And then the mailbox presented the audio tape Asking for It, a YA novel by Louise O’Neill, British and ALA award-winner. The protagonist, 18-year-old Emma, the queen of the mean bees in her Irish private school, goes to a party, typical of her every weekend, but after this one, her life is never the same. Immediately I was inside the#Metoo posts, the sexual harassment stories of present-day, and sinking back into my own experiences 30-40 years ago. This very difficult book reminds us that the famous aren’t the only perpetrators, and that there is a major victim, but lots of mini ones as well. Emma says, “They are considered innocent until proven guilty; I am a liar until proven honest.”

 

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About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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