Advice for Social Activist Writers and Readers, Inspired by the work of Adriana Paramo

(1) A literary work of social activism is nothing if not a series of ethical decisions made by the author, one that invites a return volley of decisions from the reader: what is important, whose story needs telling, do I recognize the importance of this issue, et cetera, ad nauseam.

(2) Always be mindful, but never forget to take the step that comes after contemplation; reflection is the best of starts, but a true work of social activism inspires action — recognition is where it starts, but movement is the ultimate goal, a realization in reaction.

(3) Finally: if your decision-making process and/or your understanding of the world has changed since reading a book, you must take a moment, a breather, and recognize that you have just read a good book.  Do not hide it; pass that information along.

Adriana Paramo’s talk was provoking, to say the least; more on this talent in the world of social activist writing can be found at her website, here.


5 Actions of the Day, 9/10/14

– Twelve guitar picks ordered for $6.00, free shipping: the same price as two packs of trading cards from childhood, causing me to rethink the dollar value of paper and plastic

– Inter-library loan used for first time: attempting to get a copy of Die Antwoord’s Ten$ion without it influencing my suggestions

– First attempt at illuminated manuscript made: stanza from Andrea Gibson’s “Letter to the Playground Bully, From Andrea, Age 8½”

– Called the sister who read the book: wondering why the children of The Maze Runner got the bright idea to map out a maze that changes each night

– Read a piece of Native American literature for the first time: figuring out what Edward Elric and the Blackfeet have in common — recognition of misused power