The Journal of Wild Culture
OctoBER 1, 2017

PLUS, autumnly yours,
'THE Letter'
(TOPIC:'improvE meaning together')

Call to Action in Rattling Times

Chris Hedges' book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt offers welcome guidance for this period in the history of human calamity. By Chellis Glendinning.


Expanding Empathy & Emotional Ecologies

With this year’s theme, Food, Farms, and Future Ecologies, an arts+ festival makes space to reflect on the richness and plurality of life. By Lauren Fournier.

Where Sport-BRain
& Art-Body Meet

What makes "the greatest player who ever lived" different from the rest? A dancer and choreographer tells us what she sees. By Patricia Beatty.

The Letter
October 2017

Dear Wild Culture Reader,

In the early days of The Journal of Wild Culture online we reached out to you and other readers for contributions to various articles — to real benefit! — and we want to resurrect this practice.

Our request to you is about language and how we use it.

There are certain words we use frequently enough that, eventually, they start to mean different things to different people — and lose their edge. (Best they don't.)

One of these words is ‘spiritual.’

In a recent radio interview* the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins said, “Spiritual . . . I hate that word. But it’s the best one we’ve got.”

Well, instead of finding a better one, perhaps we can talk about what we mean by this word.

So, here's a question for you, which is two-pronged. First, what do you mean when you use the adjective spiritual or the noun spirituality? And, second, what do you mean when you say someone is a spiritual person?

You can answer one or all of these questions. Take as much space as you need, bearing in mind the pure power of simplicity and brevity.

In December we’ll publish an article that presents selected answers. Please send your responses here.

Thank you in advance for participating — or getting someone else you know to try their hand.

We're really looking forward to receiving your thoughts!

Yours, in wildness for good,
Whitney Smith

* Sonny Rollins interview
Illustration by Roxanna Bikadoroff.

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