Words are harbingers, messengers of our time. They come into the world one way, and as the world turns, they evolve. It strikes me that this year of challenge and change makes for the perfect moment to renew our words. Agree? Then come aboard! Each week on A Word, Please, we’ll be turning a new word around—how it began, how we’re using it now. Some weeks I’ll invite guests, or I’ll read a passage from something I’m working on, or a poem or page that I think will inspire us.
The opening lines of Joan Didion's classic essay "GOOD-BYE TO ALL THAT"
the green of VERT
the WHELM in OVERWHELM
A Passage from Tolstoy's ANNA KARENINA
The opening lines of SULA
DICHOTOMY vs PARADOX
The opening lines of THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
The opening lines of Louise Erdrich's LOVE MEDICINE
The opening lines of Virginia Woolf's A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN
DEADLINE with Sarah Balakrishnan
The opening lines of Toni Morrison's BELOVED