Tuesday, January 11, 2011

'Sweet Home Arizona'

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM

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  • New York Times
The New York Times published an opinion piece yesterday by Aurelie Sheehan, director of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona and the author of the novel History Lesson for Girls.

Sheehan shared her reaction to the Jan. 9 shooting that left U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life, a half dozen people dead and 13 wounded.

A little of Sheehan's perspective:

It’s been a tough couple of years here since the presidential election, and our friendships with some Republicans have grown strained. In the wake of this attack, I don’t know if we will be able to talk to each other more now, if we will reach out across the political divide, or if the sides will become further entrenched, if this is the harbinger of more divisiveness.

But experiencing the steadfast and determined ways so many people of this city are trying to keep it together, trying to reach out and make this a better place — Gabrielle Giffords being one of them — has made me understand how much this flawed, complex desert town means to me, how much it feels like home.

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