On an Airplane Headed to Nashville

by Mark Chmiel

Dr. Chmiel
I am wordless. I finally finished your book. In one sitting, on an airplane headed to Nashville. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner. I wish I was more like Tanya, but I don’t always know how to be. Clinging to academics is my safety net, even when I thought I was leaving it behind, I find myself in law school forgetting why I chose a different path and once again allowing myself to pursue the comfort and madness of perfect grades and honors, which mindlessly gauge “where I should be”…whatever that means. I don’t mean to talk about myself; I’m just so sorry I didn’t read this sooner, and at the same time I’m so happy to have found it tonight. It was so beautiful. And it made me feel, and feel alive, like I haven’t in felt in a long time. I feel disponibilidade. This is some of the best writing, the best poetry. The depth and soul of your writing soars in this form… I mean this is seriously page-turning and profound. I know I will read it many more times. I just want to say thank you so much for bringing this into the world. You’ve given me a lot to think about.

–Text from Kathryn Grundy, law student at Vanderbilt

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