&;Many of the essays grapple with the question of duration&;how to keep going, as a citizen, a woman, a mother and a writer&;when so many monsters, political and personal, threaten to derail us. One small monster is the phone in our pockets.&; &;Sarah Ruhl, from the Prologue
Throughout the 29 essays in this collection, Sarah Ruhl confronts the baffling nature of our present-day world, where news unfolds at a relentless pace and self-reflection feels like a dead currency. Ruhl notes that writing these essays &;has been a way of toggling between the outer and inner worlds, hoping not to lose the inner world just because the outer world is so loud.&; In essays like &;Letter to my mother and daughters on ambition,&; &;A Play is a House for actors,&; and &;Will Instagram keep you warm?&; Ruhl shares her wide-ranging thoughts on politics, theater, writing, and being a mother. Frank and funny, generous and playful, these essays offer possibilities for evading the outside forces that prey upon our attentions, encouraging us to rediscover time and space for introspection and empathy.
A collection of inquisitive, thoughtful essays that grapple with how to live in the modern world from one of America’s foremost playwrights.