An Ear to the Ground

An Ear to the Ground

Essays from 75 New American Writers Plus Guest Writers Vaclav Havel, Horton Foote, and Arun Gandhi

By Scott C. Davis (Editor)

Cune Press, Hardcover, 9781885942852, 496pp.

Publication Date: May 1997

Humor, insight, adventure -- ordinary Americans (and one distinguished foreigner, on a visit to America) write about the things they know and the world they live in. Tap into the hopes, fears, and dreams of Americans, sample their lives, and explore the "local truth" they describe.

About the Author
Scott C. Davis is a freelance writer based in Seattle. In 2000 he traveled to Syria and participated in the brief, inspiring "Damascus Spring." He has visited Syria several times a year since then. During the Iraq war he traveled widely and recorded the comments of Syrians for broadcast on American radio. Light in the Palace picks up the story and the characters from his earlier book, The Road from Damascus, and continues his adventures from 2000 to present. In addition to the author's narration of his travel experiences and his research into Syrian civil society, Light in the Palace includes "dialogues" that the author has created in collaboration with thirty Syrians from different walks of life. Each dialogue is a composition based on interviews, phone calls, letters, and emails that took place over several years' time.