Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning

By Alisse Waterston and illustrated by Charlotte Corden

© 2020

What will become of us in these trying times? How will we pass the time that we have on earth? In gorgeously rendered graphic form, Light in Dark Times invites readers to consider these questions by exploring the political catastrophes and moral disasters of the past and present, revealing issues that beg to be studied, understood, confronted, and resisted.

A profound work of anthropology and art, this book is for anyone yearning to understand the darkness and hoping to hold onto the light. It is a powerful story of encounters with writers, philosophers, activists, and anthropologists whose words are as meaningful today as they were during the times in which they were written. This book is at once a lament over the darkness of our times, an affirmation of the value of knowledge and introspection, and a consideration of truth, lies, and the dangers of the trivial. In a time when many of us struggle with the feeling that we cannot do enough to change the course of the future, this book is a call to action, asking us to envision and create an alternative world from the one in which we now live.

Light in Dark Times is beautiful to look at and to hold – an exquisite work of art that is lively, informative, enlightening, deeply moving, and inspiring.

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  • Series: ethnoGRAPHIC
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  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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At once historical and allegorical, Light in Dark Times is an illustrated ride crossing time, space, and place as the characters walk a difficult path while grasping a lifeline of hope on a journey through knowledge.

Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning

By Alisse Waterston and illustrated by Charlotte Corden

© 2020

What will become of us in these trying times? How will we pass the time that we have on earth? In gorgeously rendered graphic form, Light in Dark Times invites readers to consider these questions by exploring the political catastrophes and moral disasters of the past and present, revealing issues that beg to be studied, understood, confronted, and resisted.

A profound work of anthropology and art, this book is for anyone yearning to understand the darkness and hoping to hold onto the light. It is a powerful story of encounters with writers, philosophers, activists, and anthropologists whose words are as meaningful today as they were during the times in which they were written. This book is at once a lament over the darkness of our times, an affirmation of the value of knowledge and introspection, and a consideration of truth, lies, and the dangers of the trivial. In a time when many of us struggle with the feeling that we cannot do enough to change the course of the future, this book is a call to action, asking us to envision and create an alternative world from the one in which we now live.

Light in Dark Times is beautiful to look at and to hold – an exquisite work of art that is lively, informative, enlightening, deeply moving, and inspiring.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: ethnoGRAPHIC
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "An astonishing work of art and anthropology: beautiful, moving, and profound."


    Anand Pandian, Johns Hopkins University
  • Author Information

    Alisse Waterston is a Presidential Scholar and Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY).


    Charlotte Corden is an illustrator and fine artist who often works in the realms of anthropology.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    A Note on Anthropology
    Characters
    Reflections
    On Being Introspective
    On Thinking in Dark Times
    On Truth, Lies, and the Danger of the Trivial
    On Envisioning an Alternative World
    A Lament
    To the Present
    To Posterity

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