Yes, that is what the reviewer at Shiny New Books, said about my essay "The Rainmakers Flood." One of the editors of the British site Shiny New Books, also said other fine things like this: "But a brief outline of the plot of this essay doesn’t do it justice. It’s a charmingly interwined rope of connected ideas – snow, mud, rain, damage in its various forms, including war, the seductive beauty of science, the recalcitrant and yet unexpectedly fragile environment."
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This fall, I had the luck and honor to get to go to Qatar and teach and give a lecture as part of VCU Qatar's Crossing Boundaries series. I got to take people on a journey from my office and the kingfisher in the stream behind it and talk about art, theft, war, drones, the landscape, snow and curiosity. It was a voyage from rural upstate New York through all the things that fascinate me. Oh and if you click the link, the cutout photo in the Gulf Times makes me look like I've got a halo...
In Anand Holla's interview with me about writing and essays in the Gulf Times he writes, "For American essayist-writer Jennifer Kabat, writing is the definitive means to process the world. The fact that she is exceedingly good at it merely stokes the fire of her unwavering fascination and deep-running curiosity for subjects that range from rural life to contemporary art — and occasionally, as Kabat puts it, 'the two together.'" You can read it here.
Ellie Ga makes visual essays. They interlace myth, history and journeys, personal and profound. As she explores ideas she'll travel to the literal ends of the earth, get lodged in ice in the Arctic for months, learn to dive to try to find the world's first lighthouse. The work ends up being profound meditations on time, place, work, language all held together by her hypnotic voice ...I write about her for the October issue of Frieze:
This summer for the contemporary art museum Arnolfini in Bristol UK, I wrote an essay-as-ghost-story as a new commision for their show The Promise. Haunted by Sarah Ann Henley, the only women to survive the 250-foot jump from Bristol's famous suspension bridge (a Victorian engineering miracle by Isambard Kindom Brunel), the essay ties together Bristol, Brutalism, slavery, patchs of gum, traffic bollards, three virgin sisters and the story of lead shot, made by falling precipitously from a tower. It starts here:
"Look up. A woman tumbles from the sky. The mud on the River Avon glistens silver in the light at low tide. Her skirts billow around her like a parachute as she spins over and over. Time, life, love is suspended as her fall slows, and she wonders what she is doing here, as she panics, as she hits the mud. The drop is more than 75 meters. She lives. She has hurled herself off the Clifton Suspension Bridge and over the next hundred years becomes one of only four to survive. Two of that number are children. They plummet over the side together a decade later."
Here's a link to the pdf.
And it includes images by Kate Newby including this, which I love...