Essays Correspondence is a collection of short pieces of prose. It focuses on topics that range from art to politics. The collection includes pieces on Rainer Maria Rilke, Flannery O'Connor, and Norman Wirzba. It also includes articles by Arturo Escobar.
Arturo Escobar is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of several seminal works. His latest book, Designs for the Pluriverse, focuses on the concept of situated experience and is timely and relevant. While Escobar's writings are rooted in the anthropological tradition, he has developed a new, radical approach to global futures.
In Pluriversal Politics, Escobar offers an alternative vision of global governance that fuses emerging Latin American social theory with activism. He addresses large-scale extractive development projects from indigenous perspectives. Escobar also reflects on the politics of a pluriversal world, writing in ensayos. His essays often contain inspirational quotes, poems, and a short meditation exercise.
Escobar also argues for a political alternative to the Western development agenda. He has often spoken out against free-trade zones, and has criticised what is happening in some parts of China. He has even advocated a political model called 'degrowth'. His arguments are far more nuanced than these questions can convey.
Escobar's post-development critique sparked considerable debate, particularly as mainstream development began to incorporate a softer approach to development. He argued for a return to a place-based, participatory approach, where designers take care of the needs and desires of the local people.
Norman Wirzba, a Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and Ecology at Duke Divinity School, has written several books. These include Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating and Making Peace with the Land. His writings on environmental issues include the need for recovery of the doctrine of creation and restating humanity in terms of creaturely life. His work has also addressed issues like food insecurity and the problems of biotechnology and artificial intelligence.
Wirzba was born in Alberta and later studied theology and philosophy at Yale Divinity School and Loyola University Chicago. His teaching career has included the University of Saskatchewan, Duke Divinity School, Saint Thomas More College/University of Saskatchewan, and Georgetown College (KY). He is married to Gretchen Ziegenhals and enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family.
In addition to his writings, Wirzba has authored several books and edited several others. His latest work, "Eating as a Spiritual Practice," continues a theme that emerged in Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. His research interests lie at the intersection of theology, ecology, and spirituality and promote practices that are sustainable for both rural and urban communities.
Flannery O'Connor's letters are important as a window into her author's mind and have often shaped how we understand her work. The decisions of her editors have also played an important role in the interpretation of her work. For example, the editor of The Habit of Being, Mystery and Manners, tended to shield O'Connor's race from scholarly scrutiny. This collection presents 140 previously unpublished letters by O'Connor.
Flannery O'Connor wrote to her mother, Regina, almost daily. She wrote from Iowa City, New York, and Boston. She wrote about her travels, as well as her home life. She recalled plumbing mishaps, and even asked for homemade mayonnaise. Her letters to her mother included many images of birds.
O'Connor was one of the most talented writers on the campus. She submitted cartoons to various publications, including The New Yorker, but didn't get accepted. At some point she began signing her work as Flannery O'Connor instead of Mary Flannery, but family and friends continued to address her as Mary Flannery. This was an indication that she was coming into her own and was becoming a writer.
These letters are not only valuable sources of information on O'Connor's work, but they also serve as a model for writing fiction. A woman's personal correspondence has long been the basis for a genre of its own. O'Connor's correspondence with Caroline Gordon is an excellent example of this. She often wrote letters to younger writers, and even reviewed theology in the Georgia Bulletin. Her letters also included letters from visitors who sought advice on her work.
Her letters reflect her Catholic faith and her relationship with a number of Jesuit priests. She shared her concerns about her faith with her correspondents. Her letters to these priests are often blunt, but they also demonstrate her friendship with them.
Rainer Maria Rilke
One of Rainer Maria Rilke's correspondences was with a young poet named Franz Xaver Kappus. The young poet had requested criticism for his poetry. Rainer Maria Rilke's advice to Kappus included an urge to look inward. Rilke's letters had a consistent tone and were full of metaphors and specific words.
In the sixth letter, Rilke promises to write Kappus a longer letter. He also discusses a number of topics, including loneliness, and how the feeling is necessary to growing. He also urges Kappus to be as solitary as he once was when he was a young child.
Letters on Life is a collection of Rainer Maria Rilke's never-before-translated correspondence. These letters reveal Rilke's personal philosophy and vision of the human drive. The essays are organized in themes. The collection also includes letters between Rilke and other writers. Rilke's passion and creativity shine through in these letters.
The correspondence also reveals the relationship between Rilke and his lover. In 1907, Rilke stayed at the Romanelli family's hotel in Venice. Although their romance lasted for a short time, the two continued their correspondence. The correspondence, which spans several years, shows how much the poet was able to learn from his correspondences.
Rilke's correspondence with Tsvetayeva was particularly intimate. The three writers wrote while they were experiencing second spiritual crises. Their friendship became a source of great inspiration for each other. Their friendship and admiration for each other continues to this day. And it is a testament to their shared love of literature.
In his tenth letter, Rilke writes that he has thought of Kappus many times since the last time he wrote to him. This letter is a response to the letter Kappus wrote to him. Rilke writes that he has thought of Kappus a great deal and should "let solitude work its magic."
F. A. Hayek
In 1931, F. A. Hayek began challenging the theories of the world's leading economist, John Maynard Keynes. The two men engaged in a long correspondence that lasted until Keynes's death in 1946. The essays included in Contra Keynes and Cambridge provide a glimpse into this important exchange.
Hayek and Keynes disagreed on a range of economic and political topics. The two men shared many interests, but their ideas were very different. They differed in their views on how the state should intervene in the economy to protect liberty. Hayek, however, urged caution and the role of the private sector in maintaining economic health.