Category: Commentary

The Enlightenment of Lily Briscoe – Jac Saorsa

It was the summer of 1910. Wispy cirrus clouds skittered nervously across a pale sky as Lily Briscoe, brush in hand, stood before her easel at the edge of the lawn in front of the Ramsay’s house. From where she was standing she had a clear view of the sea and the rocky coastline of the Isle of Skye, and then, at some distance from the shore and standing out starkly in the soft summer light, the lighthouse, a tall, solitary pharos on a rock barely the size of a tennis court. But her canvas was empty…

‘It’s about sending my mind off to some place it hasn’t been before.’

Get to know Octavia E. Butler before this week’s BookTalk, where we will cover her classic novel Kindred. In this wide-ranging interview from The Charlie Rose Show (‘…the nightly PBS program that engages America’s best thinkers‘) she discusses her (then) new book Parable of the … Continue reading ‘It’s about sending my mind off to some place it hasn’t been before.’