Certain pieces on this blog were written by several contributors after discussions on any one of a number of topics (such as love, children, community) and are presented as single entries. These pieces are like a choir: the individual voices of the writers come together to sing about a common theme. The individual voices are maintained but find their place within the whole.
The collective pieces reflect an attempt to explore the relationship between the individual and the collective. We make an effort to avoid two extremes: an environment that nurtures unfettered individualism and an environment of suffocating collectivism. To this end, we ask ourselves relevant questions. What happens when a group of writers lend their voice to a common theme? How do our relationships with one another influence our work? How can we explore, meaningfully, the spectrum of individual and collective authorship?
Our reality is that we are one, and so, to progress in any endeavour, it helps to work together. The exploration and application of this principle in our lives and the life of the community will have far-reaching implications and ultimately affect every field of endeavour. This necessarily includes the arts.
We have decided not to attach names to the pieces here. Our intent is to encourage readers to engage with the work itself and the themes being discussed and not fall into habits of conversation with the given author. This will hopefully elicit more comments on the pieces and begin a conversation that helps the group learn more and more about how to write the kinds of pieces that our world needs.
Also, we hope that anonymity will encourage us to be freer and more audacious in our musings. William Wordsworth once instructed writers to “fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” and we all know the delicacy of the heart from one experience to another.
The names of some people who attend the weekly gathering are: