To Be Heard

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. I should go to documentaries more often. I went to a screening of To Be Heard last night, a documentary about a writing program at a high school in the Bronx. When I walked over it felt a little like a homework assignment, but the filmmakers were better than that. It’s like some nonfiction books are a chore, but you read them anyway because you want to learn about the subject. But others are page turners, because the writers managed to make it a story instead of a lesson. This was a page turner.

I took this before the screening began, and that’s actually a still from a different movie. There’s a documentary film festival going on. In fact, they very nicely asked us to leave quickly after the Q&A so they could get ready for the next film.

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Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “To Be Heard

  1. It’s funny you should say that because there’s a section in my book where I’m talking about the loser-ish aspects of my life and my editor said, “Most people would see your life as glamorous,” which it’s not, but I got a sense of what she was talking out. There’s a lot of things which make up for life’s disappointments.

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