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A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayerby Eve Ensler
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Selections from the “Until the Violence Stops” Festival
Featuring writings by Abiola Abrams • Edward Albee • Tariq Ali • Maya Angelou • Periel Aschenbrand • Patricia Bosworth • Nicole Burdette • Kate Clinton • Kimberle Crenshaw • Michael Cunningham • Edwidge Danticat • Ariel Dorfman • Mollie Doyle • Slavenka Drakulic • Michael Eric Dyson • Dave Eggers • Kathy Engel • Eve Ensler • Jane Fonda • Carol Gilligan • Jyllian Gunther • Suheir Hammad • Christine House • Marie Howe • Carol Michle Kaplan • Moisés Kaufman • Michael Klein • Nicholas Kristof • James Lecesne • Elizabeth Lesser • Mark Matousek • Deena Metzger • Susan Miller • Winter Miller • Susan Minot • Robin Morgan • Kathy Najimy • Lynn Nottage • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy • Sharon Olds • Hanan al-Shaykh • Anna Deavere Smith • Diana Son • Monica Szlekovics • Robert Thurman • Betty Gale Tyson • Alice Walker • Jody Williams • Erin Cressida Wilson • Howard Zinn
This groundbreaking collection, edited by author and playwright Eve Ensler, features pieces from “Until the Violence Stops,” the international tour that brings the issue of violence against women and girls to the forefront of our consciousness. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of brutality, neglect, a punch, or a put-down. Here is Edward Albee on S&M; Maya Angelou on women’s work; Michael Cunningham on self-mutilation; Dave Eggers on a Sudanese
abduction; Carol Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit; Susan Miller on raising a son as a single mother; and Sharon Olds on a bra.
These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of this issue’s effect on every one of us. With information on how to organize an “Until the Violence Stops” event in your community, A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women.
“In the current era, it takes some brain racking to think of anyone else doing anything quite like Ensler. She’s a countercultural consciousness-raiser, an empowering figure, a truth-teller.”
A selection of original writings and illuminating essays documents the continuing problem of violence against women in works by Alice Walker, Michael Cunningham, Kathy Najimy, Jane Fonda, Maya Angelou, Edwidge Danticat, Sharon Olds, Edward Albee, Carol Gilligan, and others. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Selections from the Until the Violence Stops Festival
Featuring writings by Abiola Abrams - Edward Albee - Tariq Ali - Maya Angelou - Periel Aschenbrand - Patricia Bosworth - Nicole Burdette - Kate Clinton - Kimberle Crenshaw - Michael Cunningham - Edwidge Danticat - Ariel Dorfman - Mollie Doyle - Slavenka Drakulic - Michael Eric Dyson - Dave Eggers - Kathy Engel - Eve Ensler - Jane Fonda - Carol Gilligan - Jyllian Gunther - Suheir Hammad - Christine House - Marie Howe - Carol Michele Kaplan - Moises Kaufman - Michael Klein - Nicholas Kristof - James Lecesne - Elizabeth Lesser - Mark Matousek - Deena Metzger - Susan Miller - Winter Miller - Susan Minot - Robin Morgan - Kathy Najimy - Lynn Nottage - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy - Sha
Table of Contents
Looking for the body music / Michael Klein — 7 variations on Margarita Weinberg / Moises Kaufman — 1600 Elmwood Avenue / Monica Szlekovics — The closet / Howard Zinn — Darkness / Betty Gale Tyson with Jerry Capers — First kiss / Mollie Doyle — Groceries / Abiola Abrams — Blueberry Hill / Christine House — My two selves / Patricia Bosworth — The massacre / Marie Howe — My mother with her hands as knives / Dave Eggers — Dear Ama / Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy — Bitter coffee / Jody Williams — Untitled / Nicholas D. Kristof — My house is wallpapered with lies / Carol Gilligan — Maurice / Kathy Najimy — (Hey, did you happen to see) The most beautiful girl in the world / Jyllian Gunther — Conversations with my son / Susan Miller — The perfect marriage / Edward Albee — None of us are monologists (aka Chill) / Anna Deavere Smith — Darfur monologue / Winter Miller — I can hear my soul cracking / Slavenka Drakulic — Celia / Edwidge Danticat — They took all of us / Susan Minot — Woman / Tariq Ali — I'm thinking I've closed my eyes for the last time / Hanan al-Shaykh — I can't wait / James Lecesne — In memory of Imette / Periel Aschenbrand — Respect / Kimberle Crenshaw — The aristocrats / Kate Clinton — Connect: a web of words / Robin Morgan — Stew / Ariel Dorfman — The next fantastic leap / Elizabeth Lesser — Give it back / Suheir Hammad — The destruction artist / Michael Cunningham — Hands in protest / Erin Cressida Wilson — The bra / Sharon Olds — Banana beer bath / Lynn Nottage — True / Carol Michele Kaplan — Club / Nicole Burdette — Conversation between heaven and earth / Kathy Engel — Part owner / Dr. Michael Eric Dyson — Woman work / Maya Angelou — Eye to eye / Deena Metzger — Hail to the vagina / Robert Thurman — Rescue / Mark Matousek — To stop the violence against woman / Alice Walker — Fur is back / Eve Ensler — Afterword: reclaiming our mojo / Jan Fonda.
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