A story of non-violence
In 1922, at the age of 37, a Chicago labor lawyer named Richard Gregg was introduced to Gandhi’s work, and it changed the trajectory of his life, causing him to “rethink how conflicts could be resolved. and how injustice could be fought â. Gregg traveled to India to study with Gandhi, one of the first Americans to do so, and wrote âThe Power of Nonviolence,â the introduction on how to protest peacefully that influenced a generation of people. activists including Martin Luther King, Jr. A thoughtful, enlightening and accessible new biography, “The Power of Non-Violence: The Enduring Legacy of Richard Gregg(Loom) by Emeritus Professor of Political Science at UMass Lowell John Wooding, sheds light on Gregg’s life and work, calling Gregg’s book “one of the most important works on 20th century pacifism. century â. Wooding braids in his father’s stories, finding his research on Gregg serves as a map to better understanding his father. Gregg has lived by a philosophy of “willful simplicity” and the importance of sustainability and environmental stewardship, and this bio comes at a time when we do well to remember Gregg’s ideas and example. .
At the Northern Hope Recovery Center, an addiction treatment center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Jim Bell leads a poetry group for people striving to end drug and alcohol addiction. The Western Mass-based Slate Roof Press recently published an anthology of poems from the Bell group. “Write from broken placesâPresents a range of voices on what it means to be an addict and what it feels like to break out of the clutches of addiction. The lines, full of hope and courage, regret and pain, aim at the light of what might be possible and give a raw and stripped sense of the struggle. âLanding in rehab all alone / oh little yellow pills / please don’t / follow me home,â Robin writes. In “Blue Dress”, an anonymous writer offers these haunting lines: “Cat spots / perfect green / touch, please / remember / me / tub / doll / white breath / begging / again / gut wrench / pink lips. And Julissa A. says it simply, âI don’t want to die. A virtual reading will take place on Sunday, July 11 at 2 p.m., and $ 3 from the sale of each copy will be donated to the North Quabbin Recovery Center in Athol.
Lyrics and music
After a hiatus, the long-running Earfull series, which pairs local writers with local musicians, is back for two outdoor shows this summer taking place at Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. On Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m., lineup features Cambridge-based novelist Laura Zigman and bestselling author Tom Perrotta. Musicians on this night include Boston-based progressive folk duo Honeysuckle as well as Giant Kings, conducted by Duke Levine. Later this summer on August 14, writers include Lily King and Rishi Reddi, with musical acts from Tanya Donelly, Throwing Muses and the Breeders and Parkington Sisters from Wellfleet. Visit earfull.org for more information.
“Purgatory” by Dante Alighieri, translated by Mary Jo Bang (Grey Wolf)
“Seek You: a journey through American solitude” by Kristen Radtke (Pantheon)
“T: The story of testosterone, the hormone that dominates and divides us” by Carole Hooven (Hot)
Choice of the week
Michael Herrmann of the Gibson Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, recommends “AriadneBy Jennifer Saint (Flatiron): “For centuries, writers have exploited Greek mythology for their subjects. The success of these attempts has always depended on the author’s ability to make emotional connections with these distant characters. Ariane is a very successful effort. The story of two sisters with tragic endings becomes real and contemporary in this novel. Men, whether mortal, divine, or beast, don’t do very well, but they know what they’ve done.