Electric Literature: My Great-Grandmother Knew Our Indigenous Songs had the Power to Heal Our World

Electric Literature: My Great-Grandmother Knew Our Indigenous Songs had the Power to Heal Our World

In 2006, I watched my great-grandmother address a sold-out crowd at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. She climbed the wooden steps of the stage, her small frame draped in her wool shawl, and I watched as her father’s painted drum was handed to a percussionist in the orchestra. My great-grandmother, my namesake, turned and addressed the audience. […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Books That Show Storytelling Has Consequences

Electric Literature: 7 Books That Show Storytelling Has Consequences

There’s an old Talmudic injunction: “Your friend has a friend, and your friend’s friend has a friend; be discreet.” Living through a primitive age, when gossip was limited by oral transmission, the rabbinical sages feared loose talk—unkind words about neighbors, confessions of forbidden desire. Had those sages laid down one night and dreamed up modern […]

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