This particular essay in Literary Hub captures everything I talk about in my classes

This particular essay in Literary Hub captures everything I talk about in my classes, that I want students – readers – to know, that I believe to be the most important thing any of us can do. To remain permeable to each other, to stories, to history. To seek to really know to the limit of our capacities – intellectual, emotional – the things that are not of us, in the particular, but whose particularity should be a part of our sense of the world.
Lina Mounzer writes this way about translation, but these words are also about every story we hear, tell, read.
“It is the best form of resistance I can imagine for a world scarred with forbidding, categorical borders. Between the self and other, between where you come from and where you end up, between the personal narrative and collective history, between genders and cultures and languages and countries and the similar calls for dignity and recognition contained in stories. The only way to make borders meaningless is to keep insisting on crossing them: like a refugee, without papers, without waiting to be given permission, without regard for what might be waiting on the other side. For when you cross a border, you are not only affirming its permeability, but also changing the landscape on both sides. You cross carrying what you can carry, you cross bearing your witness, you cross knowing that you are damageable, that you are mortal and finite, but that language is memory, and memory lives on.”

3 thoughts on “This particular essay in Literary Hub captures everything I talk about in my classes

  1. I know what you mean, but that’s the one thing we can’t do. We love this country too much to sit back and watch it continue down this path of hate based decision-making, enforced conformity and utter disregard for environment.

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