Wild River Review
Connecting People, Places, and Ideas: Story by Story
September 2014
Open Borders

The Slow Web Movement :

Wild River Review's Philosophy on the Media

How is digital-age communication affecting us physically and psychologically as a society and as individuals? Are we giving ourselves permission, time and space to finish what we start?  Is faster communication always better, particularly when it's often fraught with misunderstanding?


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According to a University of California study, we are now faced with approximately 34 gigabytes of information and roughly 100,000 words a day. Many of our conversations take place in half sentences on social networking sites, on cell-phones, and in text messages. Are we able to digest what we see and learn?    

For writers, journalists and readers faced with the 24-hour news cycle (unleashing a seemingly eternal chase for stories) there is rarely the opportunity to dig more deeply into subjects and stories. Artists and authors face a similar sped-up cycle of production that places value on the latest information, trend or book. Published today and gone tomorrow.

At Wild River Review we argue that in finding slower, more thoughtful routes to learning, creativity, dialogue, conversation and connection we can more fully absorb, taste, digest and better understand ourselves, each other and the world in which we live. This is why Wild River Review publishes relevant work, which can be viewed today, next week, or next year—stories meant to be savored and discussed.

Wild River Review proposes a marriage between the old school (with reverence for the carnality of print books, poetry and meandering conversations) and the new (high speed internet, social media such as Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn, apps for iPads and iPhones)—an oasis in the desert—and a reminder to ourselves and each other that it is possible (and vital) to slow down and reflect even as we sit down at our computers or glance at our phones.

As editors of the online magazine Wild River Review, we see the web as a beautiful and dangerous lens of human projection, a microcosm of societies and societies within societies. Despite ideological, geographical and cultural boundaries, the web also offers an unprecedented opportunity to connect and better understand one another. That opportunity and information will mean nothing without discernment.

With that in mind, through thoughtful, careful editing, our goal is to continually buck the trend against sensationalism and to resist the comfort (ultimately paralyzing) we might find in categorical answers to complicated questions. 

We welcome the technological possibilities of the web, which has made our magazine possible and has brought us to readers, ideas, artists—and has encouraged conversations around the world.  We have grown into a global community of those who value a rich, age-old method of relating to one another through storytelling, a weave of ideas and thinkers who might or might not have written the latest bestseller, but who make our world a more interesting place and who inspire us.

We invite others to share with us the innate curiosity of the human spirit—slowly, thoughtfully—and with ever-renewable curiosity and satisfaction.

To support Wild River Review's mission and passion for good storytelling, please make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here: Wild River Donation.

Kimberly Nagy, Founder

Incorrigible collector of ideas, Kim Nagy is the Founder of Wild River Review. In between scoping out writing talent, new articles, interviews and creating new series, she is a poet, professional writer, and dedicated reader who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers, including Academy-Award winning filmmaker, Pamela Tanner Boll, MacArthur Genius Award-winning Edwidge Danticathistorian James McPhersonplaywright Emily Mann, biologist and novelist, Sunetra Gupta and philosopher Alain de Botton.

Nagy is an author, editor and professional storyteller. She received her BA in history at Rider University where she was influenced by professors who stressed works of literature alongside dates and historical facts--as well as the importance of including the perspectives of women and minorities in the historical record. During a period in which she fell in love with writing and research, Nagy wrote an award-winning paper about the suppression of free speech during World War I, and which featured early 20th century feminist and civil rights leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

Nagy continued her graduate studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied with Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in early contact between Native Americans and the first European settlers. Nagy wrote her Masters thesis, focusing on the work of the first woman to be accepted into the Connecticut Historical Society as well as literary descriptions of Native Americans in Connecticut during the 19th century. Nagy has extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.

After graduate school, Nagy applied her academic expertise to a career in publishing, in which she worked for two of the world's foremost publishers—-Princeton University Press and W.W. Norton—as well as at Thomson, Institutional Investor Magazine,Routledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

Praised for her literary yet down-to-earth style, Nagy is now the author of the column (and forthcoming book) Triple Goddess Trials, a mythology/memoir that draws on the divine feminine archetype, phases of the moon, and timeless stories (Medea, Aphrodite, Kali and Syrinx to name but a few) to shed light on women's experiences in the modern world. Readers have called Nagy's work "thought-provoking," "funny," "deeply important" "inspiring" and "real."  

EMAIL: knagywrr@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.KimNagy.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/iknagy?ref=profile
TWITTER: kimnagy

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Joy Stocke, WRR Editor-in-Chief

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Joy E. Stocke is founder and Editor in Chief of Wild River Review and founder of Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.  With more than twenty-five years experience as a writer and journalist, Stocke works with many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.

In addition, she is Senior Editor for Wild River Books and has shepherded numerous writers into print. She has interviewed Nobel Prizewinners Orhan Pamuk and Muhammud Yunus, Pulitzer Prizewinner Paul Muldoon, Paul Holdengraber, Host of LIVE from the NYPL; Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of Upaya Zen Center; anthropologist and expert on end of life care, Mary Catherine Bateson; Ivonne Baki, President of the Andean Parliament; and Templeton Prizewinner Freeman Dyson among others.

In 2006, along with Wild River Review co-founder,  Kim Nagy, Stocke interviewed scientists and artists including former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and Dean of Faculty, David P. Dobkin for the documentary Quark Park, chronicling the creation of an award-winning park built on a vacant lot in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey; a park that united art, science and community.

She serves on the boards of the Princeton Middle East Society, the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and is a member of the Turkish Women's International Network.

In addition, she has written extinsively on her travels in Greece and Turkey.  Her memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses & Saints, based on more than ten years of travel through Turkey, co-written with Angie Brenner was published in March 2012. 

Her essay "Turkish American Food" appears in the 2nd edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (OUP, 2013).  The volume won both International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for Beverage/Reference/Technical category, 2014; and the Gourmand Award for the Best Food Book of the Year, 2014.

 

She is the author of a bi-lingual book of poems, Cave of the Bear, translated into Greek by Lili Bita based on her travels in Western Crete, and is currently writing a book about Baja Sur, California

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with cultural philosopher, poet and historian, William Irwin Thompson. In 2009, she became a Lindisfarne Fellow.

EMAIL: jstocke@wildriverreview.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/joy.stocke
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/

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Angie Brenner, West Coast Editor

Angie Brenner is West Coast Editor for the online magazine Wild River Review.

Her memoir Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey - Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints, chronicling more than ten years of travel through Turkey, co-written with Wild River Review's Editor in Chief, Joy E. Stocke, was published by Wild River Books 2012.  

Brenner has written numerous articles about Turkey and facilitates travel literature reading groups and presentations at bookstores and libraries in southern California and Oregon.

In addition, she has traveled extensively through Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam bringing back both hair-raising and humorous stories. In 1997 she closed her store in order to travel and write, and works with elementary students in their Language Arts program near her home in Julian, California. She has recently returned from her fifteenth journey to Turkey.

You can visit her website at: Anatolian Days and Nights.com.


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