Deep Stories, Race, and Identity

A Long, Long Run

The Long Race: Today’s Vermont City Marathon

Issues of Identity are complex. They demand our attention and dominate our stories. They shape our political debates, and spar in our contending versions of history. They are ever-present and often invisible. Yet they form the very ground of therapy sessions and healing ceremonies. Continue reading

Paul Zaloom at the Flynn: Whiteness and Invisibility

Hayfields, Lake Champlain ValleyLast night I went to the Flynn Space, the small black-box performance space at the Flynn Center, to see the world premiere of Paul Zaloom‘s, White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show. The Flynn was one of the co-commissioners for the piece. Earlier in the day I had participated in a found object puppetry workshop led by Paul; I’ve written about that elsewhere.

Usually Paul’s work  is playful, creative, deeply thought-provoking, and outrageously funny. White Like Me proved no exception, and I found myself laughing my way through the evening. Continue reading