A conversation with the poet and writer Leah Naomi Green. Leah's most recent book is "The More Extravagant Feast" and she is the recipient of the 2021 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.
It goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year for all of us but in many ways, it allowed me the time to read a lot more than I have in most years previously. The launch of The Deckle Edge Podcast helped too, as I try and read everything I can the author has … Continue reading 2020 Books Read in Review
Roger is the #1 Bestselling author and illustrator of five books including, The Painting Table, My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes., and the upcoming Faces: A Love Story. Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Roger had the privilege of painting with children who witnessed this tragic event. The experience profoundly affected him and … Continue reading Roger Hutchison
The threshold to add a book to my reading list is very, very low. A reference to a book in another book I’m enjoying, in a podcast I like, or even an offhand quip from a friend is likely to result in an addition to my list and soon, to my shelves. This approach rarely … Continue reading Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
The Deckle Edge blog has primarily been a place for me to write book reviews and that won’t change. But I also love documentaries, the recent one titled Unnur, by Chris Burkard being an excellent example. The short film, set in Iceland, follows the lives of Elli Thor Magnusson, “an Icelandic photographer, surfer, and former … Continue reading Unnur, a film by Chris Burkhard
A review of Bishop Michael Curry's book, "Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times."
Body of Water by Chris Dombrowski Like a glass smooth, cerulean flat stretching to the Caribbean sun, Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski is deceptively simple above the surface but complex, moving, and alive below. On its surface, Body of Water is a history of … Continue reading Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski
I and Thou by Martin Buber A German Jew, Martin Buber was a writer, a scholar, an activist and, perhaps, a mystic, and in 1923 he published Ich and Du, usually translated as I and Thou. I and Thou may be his most well known and influential book, but a close friend once remarked, “You … Continue reading I and Thou by Martin Buber
Convictions of Faith by R. S. Basi Convictions of Faith is an historical novel by R. S. Basi, set in the Kongo Empire in the late 1600s and early 1700s. The novel tells the story of Dona Beatriz, or Kimpa Vita, a young girl born into a relatively well-to-do family who after a transcendent, near … Continue reading Convictions of Faith by R. S. Basi
Not quite a year ago, one of my closest friends lost his wife. She lost her battle with mental illness and, for unfathomable reasons, took her own life. She left behind a devoted husband and two precious teenage sons. She also left a hole in the hearts of all who knew her. No one expects … Continue reading On the Fragility of Life