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06 October 2006

But the mind is set free… - preview

Jill Segger and Jan Arriens describe how freedom is not just a state of mind

In her celebrated essay of 1929, Virginia Woolf set the industry standard
  • Today, A Room of One's Own is seen as an essential requirement of the writer's craft

  • Brandon Astor Jones is a sixty-three-year-old African-American who produces a steady stream of well-informed essays and articles from a very small room indeed
  • Airless and permanently noisy, his workplace is a cell on Death Row in the state of Georgia where he has been incarcerated for twenty-seven years

  • I am a freelance journalist and the conditions under which I practise my trade could not be more different
  • I work in peaceful surroundings; there is technology on my desk which makes research and communication a matter of a few mouse clicks and I am at liberty to go where I will in pursuit of information
  • I have corresponded with Brandon for many years and have come to value him deeply as an opinionated, occasionally prickly, always thoughtful and unfailingly compassionate friend
  • Through editing a collection of his work and sharing ideas and aspirations with a writing mind which must constantly struggle against constraint and poverty of resource, I have also learned how easy it is to be diminished by mistaking blessings for rights

  • Jill Segger and Jan Arriens

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