Can you think of a book that you have read that could describe your experience of the world to someone else? Did this question inspire this episode, where host Ross Roberts welcomed Dwayne Bates, poet, writer, and founder of Freedom Reeds? To prepare for the conversation, Bates and Roberts asked each other to read a book. Bates asked Roberts to read Ralph Ellison’s writings Invisible human. Roberts asked Bates to read Primo Levy If this is a man.
After reading each other’s advice, the two get together to discuss. Do you ever really understand what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes? Probably prompted this episode You Read one or both of these headings. What if it was You Affected?
Here are some additional prompts for you to consider. As always, we love to hear from you.
1- Discussing Allison, Bates said, “… I think Allison is saying something radically different from what people first think about the American race.” What does he mean? How does the main character “disappear,” and to whom? If it is invisible No. Race is a product, where By Where does it come from?
2- How does the transformational experience affect people? (Bates mentions the experience of Auschwitz Levy along with LA Paul in this previous episode.) How does the transformational experience of others affect the reader? How similar are these two experiences, and what makes the two versions লাই live vs. read সম্ভাব likely to merge?
3- Bates says of Levy’s book, “… it is a sad book indeed. But, when I think about it, I think, like, hope, beauty and poetry. ” How can a writer turn all this horror into something beautiful? Do you think that the choice of such writers motivates them to choose beauty over fear?
4- Bates suggests that the big question for Allison is, what is the best way to change? He further added that he was disappointed to read the book a second time that American society had not really changed. How much does it suggest that the “Idea Book”, as he puts it, could have little effect on social change?
5- Both Roberts and Bates shared their thoughts on the book reading experience Together Do you have any similar experiences? What exactly do you think makes the experience seem so profound for both Roberts and Bates?