With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Joy Parker founded the literary magazine Blue Light Red Light and has taught writing at New York University and Columbia University. Her most recent project is a book on elders in indigenous communities.
One of the wonderful dimensions of shamanism for me is its unleashing of the imagination, the intuition, and the emotion of a person, rather than allowing the banality of the material world to overwhelm one’s life. Making the life experience conform to the imagination is a great thing, and it’s something I would like to see our society pursue actively. Instead of simply consuming fantasy, we should generate fantasy, generate alternative understandings.