Shelves: nonfictionmfa-recommendations Here's another book that I read for a class that I otherwise would never have attempted.
Griffin has also contributed a number of essays to anthologies including a collection that, along with psychologist Karin Carrington, she edited for UC Press, titled Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World, with contributions by authors from over 24 countries, that offers a new paradigm for moving the world beyond violence as the first, and often only, response to violence.
Inthis collection was given the prestigious Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. I'm glad, I think, that I put my head down and staggered through Susan Griffin's A Chorus of Stones, but it's a book that takes a toll.
Just not in the car, on the way to tour the most irradiated spot on the planet. I will forever connect its content with my trip to the Nevada Test Site, not only because I happened to bookend the trip with the actual book, reading it on the ways there and back, but because much of Griffin's writing centers on the history of nuclear weaponry.
The details of clothing and fashion, interior design, and the amazing gentility and refinement of the life of high society are stunning. The details are fascinating. She also includes the dancer Nijinsky. It's an emotionally devastating book, and not the sort of pleasurable read I would generally pick for a road trip.
She is at work now on a novel about climate change and a non-fiction book, The Book of Housewifery, about the hidden meanings and values in domesticity. As any true hedonist understands, Desire is the greater part of Pleasure.
If you were not - you often were a working woman who could expect a short life.