Thank you, Jonathan Kranz

It strikes me this morning that a public thanks is long overdue to the fellow writer who inspired me to begin this “Jottings” blog in the first place, Jonathan Kranz. It was back in November of 2012. We were chatting in a large sunny office overlooking Harvard Square, and he suggested that, as a fellow writer, I really ought to have a public voice for my little glimpses of things. In the moment we were thinking about an upcoming project and journey to the 2013 Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India. Most of my glimpses from that experience found voice in Chapter 2 of Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights, in an Oxford University Press blog post in 2015–and in this short 2013 post on the Harvard Kumbh Mela project’s website, thanks to the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Harvard Global Health Institute. But far beyond that project, he was so right, effectively energizing my dip into blogging, such as it is. So–rather belatedly–thank you, Jonathan Kranz, inspirational consultant and novelist provocateur!  Learn more about Jonathan’s creative philosophy of story (and his recent novel) here.

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