Truth, Fair Play & Other Myths We Choose to Live By & Spot Cleaning Our Dirty Laundry
Heather Tosteson, Charles D. Brockett, Editors
This anthology was originally, and rather playfully, conceived as two. Truth, Fair Play & Other Myths We Choose to Live By was a response to an increasingly cynical world view that disavowed our best intentions. The other, Spot Cleaning Our Dirty Laundry, responded to an increasingly righteous reactivity in all of us that refuses to take responsibility for the harm we ourselves can cause. Then we realized they were flip sides of the same coin. We invite readers into a more intimate, not always comfortable, engagement with those two interlocked dynamics. Spot cleaning wouldn't be necessary if we didn't have beliefs and ideals—or if they didn't need to be continuously reconciled with the exigencies of raw life. This evocative and thought-provoking collection from thirty-six authors of poetry, essay, and short fiction allows us to explore many dimensions of these tensions—from our participation in systemic harms to the most intimate of ones, from dramatic instances to quiet, almost unnoticeable ones. They are organized by the dilemmas they explore: race, nationality and culture, class and community, family dynamics, faith.
CONTRIBUTORS Patricia Barone, Jane Blanchard, Lauren Camp, Mara A. Cohen, Maryah Converse, Terri Elders, Jaime Grookett, Lowell Jaeger, Daniel M. Jaffe, Jakob Konger, David Lewitzky, Ellaraine Lockie, Karen Loeb, Mark Lucius, Linda Maxwell, Leah Mueller, Eddie Orton, Carl Palmer, Kate Pashby, Mark Pawlak, Jan Phillips, Terry Sanville, Linda A. Vandlac Smith, Laurence Snydal, Amber Soha, C.W. Spooner, J.J. Steinfeld, Lyn Stevens, Alison Stone, Johnny Townsend, Hemlata Vasavada, Nanako Water, Lillo Way, Sarah Brown Weitzman, Allison Whittenberg, Frederick G. Yeager