If you’ve read any (or hopefully all) of my curated anthologies, you’ll know that I adore putting many anarchist voices into a collective dialogue wrestling with many threads of an overall theme—or what I think of as an overall intervention. I often call it, for shorthand, “messy beauty,” like the pomegranate seeds you see in this image, borrowed from the luscious cover design by @eff_charm for my latest collection, There Is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart: Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists (AK Press). I don’t like telling readers what to think; I want to birth books into the world that make people think—and feel and act, whether around forms of solidarity and self-governance, say, or rebellious mourning. I definitely make strong decisions about what goes into each book, but often don’t explain those choices to the reader. And so it’s always a delightful surprise and honor to see what touches various readers, what threads they pull out and want to engage with more.
When Joey Ayoub reached out to me to do an episode of his @firethesetimes after There Is Nothing So Whole spoke to him, I was delighted of course, because it’s a wonderful podcast. But what especially excited me was that as an Arab and Jew, we both find our anarchistic sensibilities in diaspora, the shared ground of not feeling at home in this world and wanting to mend it, or what increasingly I see as a generative juncture: diasporic anarchisms. Moreover, the thread Joey pulled from my anthology was language, both stolen by colonialism, capitalism, white Christian supremacy, and states, and (re)claimed by those of us in diaspora as resistance, resilience, and joyous cultures, aiding us in feeling whole. Indeed, Joey shared a bunch of clips of Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic songs, which you’ll find if you check out our conversation at https://thefirethisti.me/2022/03/04/101-mending-the-world-a-jewish-arab-diaspora-conversation-with-cindy-milstein/.
Grateful to Joey for his warmth and wisdom!
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