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The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker

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The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker includes compelling conversations between acclaimed writer Walker and other significant literary and cultural figures, including Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, Pema Chodron, Claudia Tate, Margo Jefferson, William Ferris, Paula Giddings, and Amy Goodman. Each conversation represents a different stage in Walker’s artistic ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by The New Press (first published April 20th 2010)
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Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I was in China this month I met a university student who had given herself the English name Alice in homage to Alice Walker, who she said was one of the most powerful female writers she has ever come across. During a subway ride we discussed feminist black literature and it amazed me that I was having this conversation in a train with a stranger while I was travelling! But any friend of Alice Walker is a friend of mine.

This was a great series of conversations that Walker has had with severa
There is something alluring about Alice Walker’s conversations, a few days with her and I could tell she practices meditation and yoga. Through these pages of her interviews, she seemed to be speaking calming words of wisdom to me. The interviews span thirty-six years (from 1973-2009) and the book is formatted to educate and stimulate, beginning with the formidable Introduction where I learned so much of her life history. I read this and had the same feeling I had after reading Cather and Baldwi ...more
"The World Has Changed" was one of those surprise books I picked up on a whim that turned out to be exactly what I needed at the moment I needed it. Thanks, serendipity and thanks, Alice.

From what it means to be a talented black girl from an unusual family to what it means to have written books that have altered the lives of millions to what it means to be a radical activist in the US to what it means to build strong community and support systems to why it's sometimes a better idea to "disappea
Joshunda Sanders
In a letter to the New York Times, over an insulting review of Toni Morrison's work, Alice Walker wrote this: "The time is gone forever when black people felt limited by themselves. We realize that we are, as ourselves, unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this if they choose." The interviews span from 1973 to 2009, they include talks with Pema Chodron, Margo Jefferson, Evelyn C. White and Rudolph Byrd. There is a treasure trove of information in here ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Reading comes in layers: there's the reading one does to understand the current crisis, whatever it is; the reading for pleasure; the reading for the soul." Alice Walker
This book was a gift to my soul. I will treasure every lesson, hug, forehead kiss, nudge and outright push toward myself at a time when everything felt chaotic. The words and thoughts and serenity of Ms. Walker is something that I will cherish for a lifetime. Somehow, along the way, this book became my journal and houses all of
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The selection of essays and interviews are as usual insightful and meditative. What I found notable, is the introductory essay by R. Byrd. Most books included a perfunctory forward or lackluster introduction. Instead, Byrd writes one f the best essays on the life, loves, and tragedies of Walker. I highly recommend this book. I still have an essay or two left to read, but I will likely come back to some essays I have already read again and again.
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The World Has Changed: Conversations
with Alice Walker

Edited by Rudolph P. Byrd
The New Press

Walker talks with the likes of Gloria Steinem, Pema Chodron and Howard Zinn in this compilation, which spans more than two decades and reveals her humor, compassion and commitment
to social change.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's quite impressive that this much wisdom was compiled from just interviews and phone conversations. Alice Walker was a true gift to me when I discovered her as a teenage boy, and she still is. Reading these conversations has reminded me of just how much of an impact she has had on my worldview. Her optimism, her spiritualism, her conviction, creativity, her courage and common sense are all over these pages. Such an inspiration to me still.
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Mmmm...I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure who it's really written for. Alice Walker scholars, I guess. It would be a great resource if you are studying her entire body of work. Also, as a sort of accidental biography, it's interesting to see her change over time from a pragmatic activist to a very spiritual, uh, being. In some ways that can be seen as a move forward, in human terms, and in some ways, one (okay, I) can see it as a sort of retreat, away from "the real world". Hmmm. One minor qu ...more
Gianna Mosser
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
So much wonderful insight on the writing and politics of one of my favorite women of all time. I wish I could be as strong in myself as the great A.W. The interviews with other writers were really fun as well. Sometimes I felt that the content became a little bit repetitive, in terms of the basic premises and biographical details that inform the works. But it was inspiring and comforting in its consistent portrayal of this iconic practitioner of feminist fiction.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I am reading this book as a result of a recommendation of my Dharma Sister/Elder Nancy in California. I have had the good fortune to read some of the fiction work of this author. This book is extremely slow going for me because I am not used to reading anything that is in a conversational/interview style. In spite of this factor the book is quite good so far, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of her fiction books as well as non-fiction works that she has produced to date.
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a collection of interviews with Alice Walker. Some interview chapters drag on while others conclude far too quickly. One or two are just right. (Watch for Walker's descriptions of growing up in rural Georgia under Jim Crow laws and for her elaborations on developing fictional characters in her head.) While I can appreciate the book's value, I suspect the audio files would be more engaging.
Rena Jane
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book of various interviews of Alice by journalists, publicists and friends.

Well-presented views of Alice's writing style, her views on world peace, the Civil Rights Movement, FGM, and other issues of national and international concern that she written about or worked to bring awareness to.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was stunning, spectacular. I just love the way she thinks, everything is wholesome, yet vulnerable and she is fulled with impregnable energy and wisdom. Perfect read. I think this book both captures the essence of the prolific and imaginative Alice Walker and still is a jumping off point for readers who know nothing about her work.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Since I disagree with just about everything she says in this book, I found it to be repetitive, contradictory liberal claptrap, though she did have a few things interesting to say about the creative writing process.
Indigo Night
Good, but don't try to read it straight through!
Alice Walker, you're my hero, let's face it.
Christie P
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

After hearing Ms. Walker speak recently, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and experiencing the mind of Ms. Walker and her writing process.
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not what I expected.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Good way to get to know AW.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really really liked it!
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Alice Walker, one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessi ...more
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