Emerson said, “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”
I say that literature is the daily bread of the brain.
About Literary Bread
This is not a baking blog. But oh, could I wax poetic about the deliciousness of bread for days: my love of carbs, the feeling of power when your sourdough turns out just right, the bliss of biting into a warm croissant. There are truly few things more nurturing to the body or soul than a hunk of homemade bread.
The universality of bread is a truth that spans language and geographic borders. Across cultures, bread continues to be a primary form of sustenance, so essential to everyday life that bread riots have been linked to numerous political uprisings (the February Revolution in Russia, the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots, and the French Revolution to name a few). Our love of, and dependence on, bread even extends to the use of the word “bread” in many languages as a synecdoche for food and for life itself. It seems that even the concept of civility comes from the exchange of bread, as the Latin roots of “companion” (com- “with” + panis “bread”) may suggest.
This blog explores the idea that literature, too, is a shared element of humanity. It nourishes our taste for intellectual stimulation while providing us with a cozy cornerstone to commune. Like a foreign bakery, literature from other cultures entices us with its exoticisms while reminding us of our commonalities, the shared banality of daily life, the ubiquity of life and death, the undisputed need for humans to love and to be loved, and the vulnerability and fragility of mortal mind and body.
Like many readers of literary fiction, my hunger for reading is driven by a desire to understand the human condition. By shining a light on translated literature, I hope to elevate voices that have been historically underrepresented in English-speaking populations to make them accessible to readers from all cultures. Thank you for joining me on this literary adventure!
About the Blogger
Lauren is a lover of literature, language, and culture. As a multiracial individual, she has long been fascinated by both the divisions and the sameness that exists between cultures. That interest has led to a life-long exploration of both global and local cultures through books, travels, the consumption of art, and of course, a lot of adventurous eating.
She received her Master of Arts in Arts Administration with a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Global Studies with a Concentration in Museum Studies and East Asian Studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with her boyfriend and three bunnies.