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Arundhati Roy & reimagining the world


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I read a print copy of a (typically) brilliant piece by Arundhati Roy called and then spent the afternoon back in her essays and reading short stories (and napping). The bit from Pandemic Portal that really resonated with me, was her closing "Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."

What world will we reimagine? And how? And who will fight for it? Food for thought anyhow.

Playing no small part in that brave new world will be our storytellers, Roy is one we admire greatly and any book of hers you read, will be a gift.

Arundhati Roy standing in lighthouse surrounded by Lighthouse keepers

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