Gerade 26 geworden, hat Cheryl Strayed das Gefühl, alles verloren zu haben. Mit Drogen und Männern tröstet sie sich über den Tod ihrer Mutter und das Scheitern ihrer Ehe hinweg. Als ihr ein Outdoor-Führer über den Pacific Crest Trail in die Hände fällt, trifft sie die folgenreichste Entscheidung ihres Lebens...
A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a literacy and empowerment tool.
Die Geschichte von der Erfüllung eines Lebenstraums: Der weltberühmte Abenteurer Nicolas Vanier zieht mit seiner Frau Diane und der kleinen Tochter Montaine für ein Jahr in die Wildnis von Kanada und Alaska. Sie bauen sich ein Blockhaus und ernähren sich wie die Menschen früherer Zeiten: vom Jagen, Fischen und Sammeln. Es ist ein Leben im Einklang mit der gewaltigen Natur des hohen Nordens, voller Einfachheit, Klarheit und Poesie.
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” ― David Foster Wallace
“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water?”
― David Foster Wallace
A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, BORN INTO BROTHELS is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York based photographer, gives each of these youngsters a camera and teaches them how to take pictures, simultaneously causing them to look at their world with new eyes. Together with Ross Kauffman, Briski captures the magical way in which beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places and how a bright and promising future becomes a possibility for children who previously had no future at all.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”
"Kindness doesn't mean that we don't press our anger," Julie Gotten explained, "but the kindness informs how we choose to express the anger. You can throw spears t your partner. Or you can explain why you're hurt and angry, and that's the kinder path."
Humanitarian aid workers work tirelessly to help those less fortunate around the world. They work long hours, sacrifice time with their families and loved ones to be with others, and care for the world’s most vulnerable, often overlooked populations.
“Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth… will also become the raw material for the art you make.”
War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.