But Amazante Valesco, as relentlessly buoyant as she is deeply poor, hears the news from Japan of the earth trembling and monster waves cascading and thinks, “What happened to them is worse.’’
Before Haiti’s earthquake, the 56-year-old mother of five lived in a neighborhood of this capital city known among the locals as Tokyo, although Valesco isn’t sure why. “When the tsunami hit, I saw that even a train full of people got washed away,’’ she said. “That makes me very, very sad.’’
I am working on a long piece about Marilynne Robinson's Absence of Mind, the book form of her Terry Lectures from 2009. I would recommend reading them but you can hear her delivery of them here. The central essay, The Strange History of Altruism, is a revelation.