A Warehouse Full of Books and the Slow Web Movement
On a cloudy Thursday in late March, Executive Editor Kim Nagy, Editor Elizabeth Bako, Intern Sharon Geiger, and I found ourselves in a warehouse surrounded by orange plastic cartons filled with books.
We were there to help Clifford Simms and Dorothea von Moltke, owners of Labyrinth Books and their staff move into their new warehouse in Pennington, New Jersey just outside Princeton. Thanks to Simms and Von Moltke’s donation of office space, Wild River Review’s staff will join them in their Pennington warehouse this month.
The irony is not lost on us that an online publication will keep company with owners and staff devoted to literature, particularly literature in print form. (The Labyrinth warehouse currently houses 600,000 books.) In fact, as Wild River Review enters its fifth year, we are convinced that thoughtful, brave writing, specifically in the form of books, is as crucial as it has ever been in illuminating who we are in a complex, media-saturated world.
And so, in the spirit of print literature and the carnality of pulp turned to paper; and with respect for the Internet and the speed in which information travels, Wild River Review proposes launching the Slow Web Movement. Our wish is that the stories appearing in these pages remain thoughtful and timeless, encouraging readers to think and act in new ways. We want to remind ourselves and each other that there is great virtue in slowing down, even when (and perhaps because) the amount and extent of information at our fingertips has never been greater.
In his primer on writing, Octopuses and Ink, Lightning and Lightning Bugs: Or, What Every Writer Needs to Know Landon Y. Jones, author of Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation in which he coined the term, “baby-boomer,” gives pointers for writers that should prove valuable for those in other professions as well.
“On the day one of his novels was published,” writes Jones, “F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his editor, Max Perkins, “I am overcome with fears and forebodings…in fact all my confidence is gone.” The novel was The Great Gatsby.
Yes, these writers all faced the same questions you do:
Where to start it? How to organize it? How to end it? What is the best tone to use? What am I really trying to say? Can I put into words all that I feel?”
WRR also welcomes writer Dorion Sagan. In his new column, In Orbit, Sagan explores the concept of writing as The Crazy Game, and looks at language from a literary and scientific perspective, asking what we write might not only affect future generations, but our quantum selves as well.
“Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman laughingly assures us that the imagination of the universe is far greater than the imagination of man,” says Sagan. “This is good news for writers, as it suggests that what is now imagined may one day turn true, and then some. Like Jules Verne and Johannes Kepler imagining moonshots, or Emily Dickinson advising the reader to “dwell in possibility,” the crazy game of writing not only creates its own world, but may predict worlds to come.”
In The Light of Innocence, Kim Nagy profiles photographer, Christine Matthai whose ethereal and mysterious work speaks to that which we keep hidden.
“In the 1980’s, the young photographer moved from Berlin to New York City, where she worked as a photographer’s assistant and later served as a photo correspondent for foreign magazines. She studied both film (New York Film Academy) and photography (Parsons School of Design).”
Mark Lyons and Manuel Portillo continue their series OPEN BORDERS, profiling the undocumented immigrants who grow and pick our food, work in slaughter houses, mow our lawns and build our houses. OPEN BORDERS presents a rare opportunity for immigrants to tell their stories in context of all that swirls in the news.
This month’s collection, Espejos y Ventanas / Mirrors and Windows :Oral Histories of Mexican Farmworkers and Their Families, gives us a glimpse into the lives of the Mexican immigrants who pick mushrooms in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, also known as the “Mushroom Capitol of the World.”
“Jesús and I talk for four hours over two sessions,” says Lyons. “At first he doesn’t want to use his real name, no photos either. When you have no documents, you don’t take chances. José Duran, that will be his name.”
In the spirit of the Slow Web Movement, we invite you to check out our blogs as well as our featured articles. There, you’ll find personal accounts, stories and poems that add texture to world events. And we invite you to leave your comments. What would you list as your ten steps for slowing down on the web?
April 15, 2010
In 2006, Joy E. Stocke founded Wild River Review with Kimberly Nagy, an outgrowth of the literary magazine, The Bucks County Writer, of which Stocke was Editor in Chief. In 2009, as their editorial practice grew, Stocke and Nagy founded 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, Stocke has shepherded numerous writers into print. She has interviewed Nobel Prize winners 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 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 is president of the Board of Directors at the Cabo Pulmo Learning Center, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Sur, Mexico; and is a member of the Turkish Women’s International Network.
In addition, Stocke has written extensively about 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 cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking will be published in March, 2017 by Quarto Books under the Burgess Lea Press imprint . Stocke and Brenner are currently testing recipes for a companion book, which will feature Anatolian-inspired mezes from around the world.
Stocke’s 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 researching a book about the only hard-finger coral reef in Mexico on the Baja Sur Peninsula. She has been writing about environmental issues there since 2011.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the Agriculture Journalism School where she also received a minor of Food Science, 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.
Works by Joy E. Stocke in this Edition
AIRMAIL – LETTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
AIRMAIL – VOICE FROM SYRIA
ARTS – ART
COLUMNS – THE MYSTIC PEN
FOOD & DRINK – ANATOLIAN KITCHEN
FREYMAN & PETERSON- Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir
LITERATURE – BOOK REVIEWS
LITERATURE – ESSAYS
LITERATURE – MEMOIR
LITERATURE – POETRY
LIVE FROM THE NYPL
The Euphoria of Ignorance: Being Jewish, Becoming Jewish, The Paradox of Being Carlo Ginzburg
Fountain of Curiosity: Paul Holdengraber on Attention, Tension and Stretching the Limits of Conversation at the New York Public Library
Paul Holdengraber – The Afterlife of Conversation
2013 – Three Questions: Festival Director Jakab Orsos talks about Art, Bravery, and Sonia Sotomayor
Critical Minds, Social Revolution: Egyptian Activist Nawal El Saadawi
INTERVIEW – Laszlo Jakab Orsos: Written on Water
Tonight We Rest Here: An Interview with Poet Saadi Youssef
Georgian Writer David Dephy’s Second Skin
On the High Line: Diamonds on the Soles of Our Shoes
Car Bombs on the West Side, Journalists Uptown
New York City – Parade of Illuminations: Behind the Scenes with Festival Director Jakab Orsos
The Pen Cabaret 2008: Bowery Ballroom — Featuring..
Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints
Daring Collaborations: Rolex and LIVE from the NYPL at the New York Public Library Composing a Further Life: with Mary Catherine Bateson
WRR@LARGE: From the Editors – UP THE CREEK
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 1
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 2.5
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 3.3
Up the Creek: Number 4.4
Up the Creek: Beautiful Solutions
Up the Creek: Blind Faith, July 2009
Up the Creek: Create Dangerously
Up the Creek: What Price Choice?
Up the Creek: Before and After: September 11, 2001
Up the Creek: Candle in a Long Street
Up the Creek: Crossing Cultures: Transcending History
Up the Creek: Man in the Mirror; A Map of the World
Up the Creek: Stories and the Shape of Time
Up the Creek: The Divine Road To Istanbul
Up the Creek: What It Means to Yearn
WRR@LARGE – WILD COVERAGE
UNESCO World Heritage Site Under Threat of Mega-Devlopment Sparks International Protests
The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib — Part One: The Detainees’ Quest For Justice
The Other Side of Abu Ghraib – Part Two: The Yoga Teacher Goes to Istanbul