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Read Be My Guest

Read Be My Guest by Priya Basil

We live in a world where some have too much and others not enough, where immigrants and refugees are both welcomed and vilified, and where most of us spend less and less time cooking and eating together. Priya Basil invites us to explore the meaning and limits of hospitality today, and in doing so makes a passionate plea for a kinder, more welcoming realization that we have more in common than divides us.

A series of short reflections, all flowing into each other, not always perfectly, but always in a way that makes sense for a shift in the train of thought. Ideas, sometimes expressed in a couple hundred words, others in a couple pages. She weaves in reflections on the value of hospitality at a societal level, and what it means to welcome others to our communities, especially when they are different than we are. What are the conditions of our welcome? Is unconditional hospitality possible today? Interesting collection that’s short but I liked spreading over several days to let it sink in more.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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