"For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away… And the color of where you can never go." -Rebecca Solnit
A collection of thoughts on blue and the color of distance.
A wide range of pieces on Women We Read This Week: status updates, the Atlantic slave trade, cheetah extinction, and caretakers and the Ebola epidemic. Hide from the heat, put your feet up, and enjoy.
"Waiting is always easy until it’s not: I’m in bed, asleep, dreaming, then suddenly awake, feeling sick with waiting; I’m in the pool, feeling good, light, full of energy as I swim my laps, then, out of nowhere, heavy with waiting. It changes the color of the night, the texture of the water."
Miranda Ward writes on waiting, the gift of mobility, and applying for “leave to remain” in this week’s blog.
"American monolingualism, we need to realize, is not only of our own making. Often enough, our overseas hosts perpetuate it, although not to commit acts of vengeful post-NSA-scandal subterfuge."
Why do Americans remain monolingual in a largely bilingual world? Pacific Standard explores the reasons behind why overseas countries might not argue with Americans’ lack of foreign language ability.
I have a recurring fantasy that one more article has been added to the Bill of Rights: the right to free access to imagination.
"Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and think: but are you really worthy of this gift, this incredible freedom? The freedom of choice, of mobility. You have to be in a pretty privileged position even to be able to consider it an option. This uncomfortable period of powerlessness is actually a direct result of my privilege."
Leave To Remain: Miranda Ward on waiting, applying for a visa in the UK, and trying to find the wild in the banal.
Liked watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk last year? Then consider picking up a copy of We Should All Be Feminists. The longform essay, now published as an ebook original, was adapted from topics Adichie touched upon in her speech, among them the importance of being a feminist in the twenty-first century. You could also look back on Adichie’s Year in Reading piece.