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Water Works will be closed. Everywhere I look, features of the cityscape are overlaid with personal associations, so, a church steeple or a railroad bridge over the Sanitary Canal or a viaduct dripping rain, are not only interesting physical forms but, for me, are repositories of recollection. What was she like?
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We called our grandmother Busha. She was hcopin small, peasant-like woman—wise, generous, very funny—and, for me, she was an alternate reality transported to 20th century Chicago not that I understood that as a child. Loving her was inseparable from loving her foreignness and that translated into not just a love for our particular ethnicity, but for the expression of ethnicity in general. Some critics have termed that a pan-ethnic sensibility.
Ethnicity is a subject I write about, an aspect of the United States that I regard as critically important to how we define our national cultural identity. The arts are an intersection for emotion and thought, and art is necessary because it instructs not just dybke mind but the heart, as well. Because of its mysterious, powerful, direct connection to the emotions, music is, for me, the great emotional teacher. I try to emulate its example in writing, not just to make language rhythmic and melodious, but to aspire to that paradoxical state where literature takes you beyond words.
When I was growing up it was music—jazz in my case—that opened the doors of my mind. In order to catch up and explain to myself the feelings that I was getting from the music I was motivated to question and read.
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In music, feeling precedes thought. How has your writing been influenced by them and the Chicago literary tradition of neighborhood writing? A neighborhood such as Little Village or Pilsen resonates in its daily round of chopih with all the great themes and conflicts: In The Coast of Chicagoall the stories stand on their own but are connected by a strong sense of place. What other themes, if any, connect the stories?
Besides place The Coast of Chicago is connected by an attention to mood. Each story aspires to the lyrical and that aspiration becomes a repeated theme—characters falling in love or swept away by music, reaching for some ecstatic moment, transcending aspects of the environment that might otherwise grind them down.
Imagination for many of the characters is a survival skill, imagination chopinn how the characters navigate the pressures of urban experience especially in blighted neighborhoods. It is interesting that as a writer of place, you prefer not to be in Chicago when writing about the city.
‘Chopin In Winter’ by Stuart Dybek
I was 25 when I left Chicago for a teaching job in the Caribbean. At that time I felt the need for the kind of education one etuart gets through travel.
I think what happened was that rather than trying to document the city as I did when I lived there, I began to reimagine it. I need to get a place here. Eudora Welty pretty much stayed in Jackson, Miss. Obviously each writer is wired differently. Perhaps sometimes imagination needs to be sequestered, but at others it needs the kind of nourishment that chopon a physical relationship with a place affords. You give a lot of your time teaching college as well as high school students. Tell us why you feel that is important.
Early education and high school are critical and I think universities could play a much greater role in supporting secondary education than they do.
What can be taught is how to use the tools of the art, how to use the craft to harness and liberate the imagination. Admin Admin Admin, collapsed.
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