Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became one of the most influential American texts about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’s reign of power in New York City.
“I was born with skins too few. Or they were scrubbed off me by . . . robust and efficient hands.”
This, the first volume of Doris Lessing’s autobiography, begins with her childhood in Africa and ends on her arrival in London in 1949 with the typescript of her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, in her suitcase.
Are you a sum of your parts? Are you a collection of ideas and memories that are yours and yours alone? How do we talk about ourselves and tell our stories?
Here is an excellent talk that you may want to listen to: