Website Wednesday is a regular feature in which we highlight one (or a couple) of sites from the Billions floating around the Intertoobz that just might help you with your Herculean task of educating inquiring minds. Any and all suggestions for future editions are welcome.
So today’s FEATURED site is one that has links (audio and text) to some of the greatest speeches (as ranked by AmericanRhetoric.com–I don’t know anything about them, but I love Top 100 lists, if only for the arguments they are sure to catalyze, and this one is full of speeches I haven’t heard. It’s a little heavy on Kennedys and Roosevelts, but there are some gems in there, including my second favorite Nobel Prize in Literature Acceptance Speech. To not include my favorite in there is borderline criminal.
“Think of our lives and tell us your particularized world. Make up a story. Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created. We will not blame you if your reach exceeds your grasp; if love so ignites your words they go down in flames and nothing is left but their scald. Or if, with the reticence of a surgeon’s hands, your words suture only the places where blood might flow. We know you can never do it properly – once and for all. Passion is never enough; neither is skill. But try. For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.”
Mmm..mmm…glorious. But like I said, I enjoy the arguments as much as anything…