Tuesday, July 20, 2010

apocalypse

"Apocalypse" comes from the Greek word to "uncover, unveil."

I just finished Rick Bragg's memoir, All Over but the Shoutin', which I highly recommend for its sensitivity in uncovering the lives of marginalized people, in Bragg's case his family, friends, and home in northeast Alabama. I laughed, cried, and shook my head in recognition many times.

But on page 182, he writes:
I have said a few times that I try to lend dignity and feeling to the people I write about, but that is untrue. All you do is uncover the dignity and feeling that is already there.
That's what I have learned here in a very special way — the dignity of the poor!

1 comment:

Marc said...

thanks for bringing this book to my attention.