Claudia Dreifus

Journalist, New York Times, author; Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, New School for Social Research, NY

The New Words Bookstore is a beautiful legacy of 1970s activism and the Center for New Words promises to find new and interesting ways for twenty-first century women to express their ideas and experiences.

In a time when literature is becoming so homogenous and industrialized that it often bores, we need this proposed Center to help nurture different voices. When I spoke at the Bookstore, last year, I was struck by how many younger woman used the store as a resource; how it was a meeting ground for activists from my own political generation and it’s youthful successors.

Institutionalizing New Words, helping it grow into a publishing/writing center, is certain to offer some unexpected and certainly important social dividends.