On being Dedicated to Art and Free to All
I am sorry for your difficult year and beyond grateful for your vulnerability and prodigious talent. You make the world a better place for us.
Thank you for all you do Sarah and please let know you have support! You are one of the few truth tellers in America and for that and more, we are so grateful. Hope you and your family are doing well.
I am deeply sorry for your losses and for the struggles of this year. I don't know you, of course, but you have meant so much to me, ever since I saw a twitter post from John Rogers on election night 2016 telling everyone to read everything you write. I am glad that you left Gaslit Nation and I am glad you started this newsletter. It's a pleasure reading it, and I mean that! You perfectly and beautifully express what I struggle to. Peace and joy to you, Sarah, and thank you!
With many articles and newsletters, I very often read by skimming over them and then stopping or going back to the parts that have caught my attention. But with your work I always stop what I’m doing and read every single word as if savoring a great meal. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and a bit of yourself with us. For this I am truly grateful. Thank you.
Your kids and us readers are lucky to have you. Can't wait to learn more about this new book!
Sarah, I was originally drawn to your writing (from Flyover Country) because I grew up in St. Louis. Over the years your books have given me much deeper insights into the political landscape we are traversing - but they have also caused me to re-assess much that I grew up with (Veiled Prophet!!). On the positive side - I have frequently told people that I thought St. Louis was a great place in which to grow up, precisely because of the free museums and public amenities. This lovely essay takes me right back to the Art Museum and Art Hill. I am so sorry that this past year has been so difficult for you - please know how thankful we are that you have found this new outlet. It's a pleasure to be able to subscribe and to lend a little support to you and your readers.
I was 27, broke, and I raised my daughter in the free Cleveland Museum of Art.
I love your work in so many ways.
Please believe I will send you some $ as soon as I can.
The most important thing you’ve taught me is to break down the tribalism I’ve boxed myself in, and try to empathize with many of my fellow Americans, because that’s one of the only ways we’re going to get through this. A lot of people are saying don’t even try, you’ll never reach them. Maybe so for many. But you identified that at the root we’re all being presented with unsatisfactory options. Keep showing me why. I’m so happy to support your work here.
Every time I read one of your letters I cry. You are such a heartwarming writer. I would to contribute to your writing, I have to wait for next year though, my year has been terrible. I have to moved back to UK. And has been a toll for both of us. Love everything you do. Thank you for being you.
So much gratitude for your voice and presence in this world— thank you for being you!
If someday I ever proceed to tell my own story, I hope I do it at least half as well as you tell yours.
Sitting here with quiet tears for my own 2023 grief. Your values and your writing are a treasure, Sarah Kendzior. I'm sorry for your struggles, thanks for putting us all on the carpet while we navigate our current personal and national challenges. And, yes, let's protect the institutions that serve our higher selves.
Thank you for telling the truth. Your courage is an inspiration. I am so scared but knowing there is at least one other journalist like you helps.
You are so gracious. If I used the word grateful describing how I feel about your contribution and your opinions, I would be understanding the feeling. Keep doing you. You are absolutely awesome.
This was a beautiful essay. Thanks Sarah for sharing your life. I am grateful to be able to support your work and I appreciate your research into this quagmire of current and past political drama. BT
We exchanged a few words years ago, on Twitter, when I was concerned for your safety in your town. You were brave then and that has not changed, it seems, despite a difficult year. Keep writing and we will keep reading.