Guest Post by Cathalynn Labonté-Smith : Let’s go for coffee. Many of you are probably aching to say or hear that phrase right now, depending upon where your location is at in the lockdown scale. A phrase that was once taken for granted, but is now a rare treat or a much anticipated sign of normalcy returning.
As an avid reader, I have always been biased to books over movies. Still every now and then, an adaptation stands out apart from its source text, if not for the same degree of impact then for the novelty. Right from the start of the film, the audience can sense a certain freedom in a way that is relatable to the modern era. I for one attributed it to how the viewer is made to follow Jo around the city from a dismal room to a New York bar and dashing across streets in her radical independence. This change in setting provides the perfect opportunity for the filmmaker to break away from the traditional demarcation of a conservative society like a breath of fresh air.
A powerful essay by Sarah Bellamy, who, in the wake of George Floyd being murdered in her hometown, argues that we need to question how white bodies might be predisposed to rely on a racial inheritance that endangers the lives of others. Performing Whiteness
While it may seem exhausting to even consider stepping into a new arena of better habit for almost a whole month, the glass half full ones will tell you that it’s the briefest journey you could ever take to reach a better place in life. All it takes is the right way to do it!
‘It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine.’
Haruki Murakami; Kafka On The Shore
‘Love of God…is not always the same as Love of good.’
Hermann Hesse; Narcissus & Goldmund
‘To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking’
Agnes De Mille
It is said that no two people ever read the same book; this beautiful variety of thought is exactly what gives new dimensions to old anecdotes. Thus, it becomes integral in today’s world to promote an aesthetic mindset, a certain openness to uninhibited expression.