“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.”
There’s truth in Isak Dinesen’s words, and also romance: after all, one might suggest, say, food and shelter are other useful elements in our lives.
Dinesen, whose true name was Karen Blixon, was a Danish woman who operated a coffee farm in Kenya from 1914 to 1931. Her famed storytelling eventually emerged on paper. Out of Africa was her favorite of her many books “because it is true.” But she was also a prolific writer of dark-edged tales–long, luxurious stories that rattle and creak and slant reality with unabashed verve.
I don’t mean to imply, by naming this website after her, that Isak will be a tribute site, or a research site, or a bio site. Rather, Isak is a space to celebrate tales and truths in the curious, loving way that embodies the spirit of the writer for which it is named.
By tales, I mean fiction (especially short fiction), as well as other literary and artistic narratives. By truths, I mean the world in which we live. I especially have my eye on creative social justice.
And I take the word “celebrating” in Isak’s tagline seriously. While there is so much to fear for in this world (hello, U.S. empire!), and, dare I say, an equal amount to fear in the artistic world, it’s impossible to ignore the causes for joy and hope.
Let’s explore them together.
Welcome to Isak.