beyond the paley

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beyond the paley

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#art/#history: 'let us go forth with fear & courage & rage to save the world.' i think these words she wrote give a rather concise summary of her philosophy & her own self. grace paley, who was born on this day in 1922, created a new way of writing short stories. her first collection, 'the little disturbances of man', was rated highly by the esteemed magazine, 'the new yorker'. 15 years later, she produced another collection of short fiction that expanded on the issues (race, gender, class) that her first publication had explored. in between her copious scribbling, you could find grace being anything but pale. she was on the front lines with feminists, civil rights groups, nuclear disarmament protests & pacifist marches.
for these tumultuous times, i'll leave you with another dollop of sagacity from grace: 'the only recognisable feature of hope is action.'

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