Everybody gotta believe in something

June 17, 2008

I like this idea:

Evansville’s One Book One Community program — which for the past six years encouraged Tri-Staters to read a particular best-seller before listening to the author speak — is going in a very different, very personal direction this year.

Just as radio pioneer Edward R. Murrow did in 1951 — and as National Public Radio does today with a revised version of “This I Believe” — Tri-Staters from all walks of life are invited to write essays of 350 to 500 words sharing their personal philosophies and core values.

“It’s not that we don’t like bringing in fabulous authors, but the committee wanted to do something a little different,” said Evelyn Walker, chairwoman of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.

“With all the ranting and raving on TV, all the confrontational noise by talking heads, we wanted to create a quiet, thoughtful dialogue.”

Tough assignment. I don’t know if I could get my personal philosophy and core values into 350 to 500 words. I’ll have to think about that one.

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