Carapace: Stranger Love

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Carapace: Stranger Love says
Hey, it's Randy at Carapace.

Isn't love odd to start with? The prospect of venturing away from my skin envelope toward somebody else's ... how spooky. They're all strangers out there.

Our theme for February goes even wider.

Bring a story five to seven minutes long crafted around the time you gave or received affection or generosity from a person foreign to you. Foreign in skin color, beliefs, or foreign in that they liked the wrong TV shows or wore bad shoes. You know, different.

Or you can go another route. Tell about your peculiar, individual affections ... you know you have them ... your "stranger" ones, your odd fondness for a particular place, thing, or feeling that others can't always accept.

Or how about this? Craft a story related to your literal "love" ... OK, maybe it wasn't love per se but let's grant that it was something similar ... for a stranger in whose bed you awakened. Your experience there. Of course nothing along these lines has ever happened to me, and I don't mean to presume about you, but theoretically. It could be a good story.

Maybe we can't introduce a theme like this, STRANGER LOVE, without calling up that 1964 movie, "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." I was nine years old when it came out and never saw the film. Still, it's in America's consciousness, a political satire that has to do with some maniac's idea of blowing up the world with nuclear bombs because he can't stand diversity. Move on.

February marks the seventh anniversary of Carapace! Our theme, relating to the love of strangers, seems to me like a signal or emblem or our storytellers' fond regard for each other. That regard made Carapace grow in Atlanta. It caused many offshoots of true personal storytelling to spring up, creating the lush beauty we now enjoy for people who care about this form of art.

Sorry, this entry is long. I'll be done shortly, thanks for staying.

A few years ago I read a book by a pastor called "Eccentricity: A Spirituality of Difference." Not the sort of thing I'd usually dip into. He wrote about the importance of caring for and welcoming the outsider. He said this was Jesus' most important trait. I'm not invested in any religion, but I feel for people who are sad, alone, desperate, who might believe nobody cares. Who might think they are welcome nowhere. This was the main motivation behind starting our event. It's why we keep going.

Thank you for being with us! We love you, strangers.
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