Stone Fence Sagas – Truth/Reality/Personal Experience – October 29th, 2020

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Stone Fence Sagas – Truth/Reality/Personal Experience – October 29th, 2020

October 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Truth/Reality/Personal Experience/Stuff Happening: Gateminders, access, accountability in a world gone virtual 

Eloquence is reserved for certainties, which include prejudices. It’s kept from consternation, from wonder. Those poverties are amplified by the internet. It can’t carry the frail seeking-after-companionship of the lonely crowd, the dream of a better day of the sleepless vigilante. The soul, or the screen: those might be the choices.

‘True’ is a verb. It’s a way of cyphering the likelies among all that potential. It’s the stuff of prophecy, an acute attention brought to bear upon the present.

Conspiracy, confabulation, contempt are currency in the marketplace of ideas now. We’re in a blizzard of accusation. Systemic accusation. How to make a path through the easy terrors of getting on the right side of transgression, of privilege, of near history?



Stephen Jenkinson on Stone Fence Sagas

To make food farmers in my corner of the world cut and burned and ploughed. Every spring the frost heaved up a new crop of field stone. They broke plough teeth, turned the ankles of oxen, broke the backs of farmers and their sons, ended up as fence piles, thorny now and lichen crusted, overlooked, unremembered, the very tears of our contending with the land and its Gods.

Our psychic weather is turning up rock in the pasture of our days now, year round. Breaking the teeth of our resolve, turning the ankle of our heart’s dexterity, crippling and compressing the young visibly, field stone of opinion and prejudice and posture is turning the visionaries among us into divisionaries.

With whatever we have of idleness forced upon us now our work could come ever clearer: Testify, and magnify, and earn whatever memory and honour might be allotted to us by those to come.

These will be meetings at the crossroads, where the stone fences begin or end. We will be custodians of crisis. We’ll wonder on how it has become as it is. We’ll wonder what citizens of a troubled time do, once the call and the summons and the plea has gone out. I’ll listen for you, out in the field.



Stone Fence Sagas: A Livestream Encounter is a 4-part livestreamed speaking series taking place in the Fall of 2020. Each of the four evenings (90 minutes) is organized around one theme. Prompted by these themes, ticket holders will be invited to submit questions in advance through an online form. These questions will be read and considered, and a selection of them will be asked of Stephen Jenkinson by a small in-house audience during the livestream evening. A live-from-the-floor video will be streamed to ticket holders using Zoom. Further details, links, question form, etc. will be sent 2-3 weeks before the series starts.

Tickets are available for individual evenings, or as a discounted package for all four.  There are bound to be recurrences and linkages between each night, but they will stand alone and participation in previous nights is not required or assumed.

Dates and topics (always 8pm-9:30pm Eastern Time):

Stone Fence Sagas – Truth/Reality/Personal Experience – October 29th, 2020
Stone Fence Sagas – Radical Citizenship in a Time of Plague – November 5th, 2020
Stone Fence Sagas – Patrimony, Matrimony, Ceremony – November 19th, 2020
Stone Fence Sagas – They Eat Teachers Here – December 3rd, 2020



October 29, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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