Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy

In conversation with Louise Steinman, curator, ALOUD
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Episode Summary
Griffin inquires into the \"interior life of democracy\" and the divide between theory and practice, continuing the unique \"social autobiography\" she began with A Chorus of Stones: A Private Life of War.

Participant(s) Bio
Susan Griffin's latest book, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen, is about the inner life of democracy. Among her eighteen published books The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues, explores a hidden side of women's history; Woman and Nature inspired eco-feminism, and A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award. Named by Utne Reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she has been the recipient of an NEA grant, a Macarthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation, an Emmy award and this year, a Guggenheim Foundation award. She has completed a play to be set to music called "Canto" and is at work now on The Book of Housewifery.