word craft


Lived Experience

Álvaro Bernis
Álvaro Ber­nis

I don’t think I’ve ever turned this space over to some­one else.  But I think this arti­cle is so well writ­ten and speaks to an issue any­one inter­est­ed in books for young peo­ple needs to think about. So, I’ve put the link here, “The Lim­its of Lived Expe­ri­ence,” Pamela Paul, The New York Times, 22 April 2022.

I urge you to read it. Do comment. 


4 thoughts on “Lived Experience”

  1. Thanks for shar­ing this impor­tant arti­cle, Avi. The gold­en line for me is, “Cul­ture is a con­ver­sa­tion, not a mono­logue.” Cou­ple that with a quote you once shared, “Good liv­ing begets good writ­ing.” (I hope I got it right!) 

    I find that the most tal­ent­ed writ­ers are also gift­ed observers and explor­ers of the world around them. And dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on the same top­ic are impor­tant for nuance and bal­ance. Lived expe­ri­ence is valu­able but empa­thet­ic obser­va­tion and research are equal­ly valuable.


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