Barbara Kingsolver: Conscientious reflector

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 3:40 PM

Farm chores and her family keep author Barbara Kingsolver grounded, but so does her determination to advocate social change through literature.

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putney1968Oct. 25, 09 8:58 AM

During the Bush administration, dissent was suppressed by his evil minions and was patriotic. Now, dissenters are "howlers" and ought to shut up and go away. Ms. Kingsolver is an excellent novelist and should leave non-fiction to people who know what they're talking about.

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jollyrogerOct. 25, 09 9:17 AM

wealth and property. It's only right that she should give it all back to the collective.

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ravenerOct. 25, 09 9:25 AM

She isn't speaking of dissent, she's speaking of media volume and noise winning out over content. That happens on both sides of the idealogical spectrum. Dissent is essential to democracy, but in this polarized political climate (created intentionally a few decades back), demagoguery is rampant and media barons (who are all about profit over being a member of an independent "fourth estate") simply jump on that rant louder than ever to stir the masses into viewing their tripe and making more money.

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leg620Oct. 25, 09 9:31 AM

What's that mean? That's a statement made by a person that teaches writing at the master's level. What's a "vibrant social conscience"? The definition of vibrant is "pulsing with energy, energetic". How does that adjective modify conscience? Hopefully, Kingsolver writes more skilfully than Schumacher does.

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netjesOct. 25, 0912:03 PM

"Social change" seems to always involves theft and tyranny. Which, of course, the Strib loves. Are there any "conscientious" writers advocating freedom and liberty?

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jimmybobbyOct. 26, 0911:23 AM

Is a gifted writer and I agree with much of what she writes in Animal, Veg, Miracle (striving to eat in season and locally). Obviously that gets a lot easier the longer the growing season. However, her tendancy to 'blame America first' for many of the globe's ills strikes me as reflecting someone with some real 'self hate' issues that she wants us to work out. There is much about popular culture to desparage, but that is not uniquely American.

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bluedemOct. 26, 09 2:59 PM

Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. Her Poisonwood Bible is one of the best all time American novels. I very much agree with her progressive political views and social conscience as well. "Social change" does not mean "theft and tyranny" at all; to me it means being aware that we all need to do for each other as a community and is very much needed in this country.

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purplepigNov. 1, 09 8:54 PM

It means "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need". If you are looking for a "highly skilled literary writer with a vibrant social and political conscience" read Ayn Rand. She understood the beast that has been growing in this country since FDR.

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