The Blue Box - Available Now From Sarabande Books
“The heart and soul of my book lies in the vibrant silences I heard between the lines, silences that translated themselves into words as I wrote. The Blue Box does not share the soft glow that softens the details of so many family histories; its light approaches a glare. For, when I chose to write about upper-white women in Virginia, I knew I was making a choice in many ways alien for me; I have always been more interested in the lives of the people, largely women, who according to our culture do not count.”
“In the modern world of emails, Skype and a decided lack of handwritten correspondence, Bingham's box of documents traverses time, offering insights into a world of women who knew their own minds long before the word feminist was ever considered.”
- My Mother’s Hat
- My Mother’s Hat — The Blue BoxPosted 5 hours ago
I have the historian’s skeptical view of the past and of the vestal virgins who attend it so assiduously. Their reverence seems to depend on a net of lies and denials. But when I touch the soft feathers of my mother’s hat, preserved for seventy years, I understand a little…
- Hagiography: The Copied Pot, The Repeated Story
- Hagiography: The Copied Pot, The Repeated StoryPosted 1 week ago
In choosing invention, I chose my own view, my own voice, as I chose the woven forms of the marble statue I bought at Indian Market from a young Navajo sculptor.
- Ferguson On My Mind
- Ferguson On My MindPosted 2 weeks ago
It’s awkward, to say the least, for a privileged white woman like me to even attempt to touch the subject of racism; yet we are sometimes the women who knows its effects most intimately. Many of us were raised by a black woman and realized the limits put on their…
- Bingham Estate, Louisville KY
- Bingham Estate, Louisville KYPosted 2 weeks ago
I don't usually call it the Bingham Estate but just the big house, which gives it the same moniker as SingSing; but when big news breaks, the big name seems appropriate.
- Digging Up The Bones 3 — Twin These Houses — The Blue Box
- Twin These Houses — The Blue BoxPosted 4 weeks ago
Both houses, uninhabitable due to size in both cases and dereliction in one, will continue as housing for myths, the myths that always throng around fortunes and obscure most of the facts about the fortune-makers lives.