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In "The Four-Chambered Heart," Anaïs Nin eloquently describes how we are often forced into fitting into a social norm. In this classic piece of work, Nin's symbolism is arguably her best as she ultimately concludes the external world will always have an effect on the internal world and for those who don't conform, the result will always be transformation. It is within this story that her famous quote has been culled for the masses, "I must be a mermaid … I have no fear of depth and a great fear of shallow living."
Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life
By Katherine E. Standefer
Little, Brown Spark (2020, 288 pp.)
This is the story of the spectacular advances by medical science in saving a young woman's life - and the murderous toll those advances extract. The work also squarely indicts the American health care system.
The experience was epic. Just strolling around the buildings comprising the Vagrant Heart Gallery on Paseo del Cañón East as dozens of graffiti writers displayed their talents was breathtaking Saturday (Aug. 17) for the venue’s first Street Art Fair.
Singer-songwriter Susan Gibson Courtesy Todd Wolfson