This week we talk to Dani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs and 5 novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House. The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on NPR’s “This American Life”. Her newest book is Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
In This Interview, Dani Shapiro and I Discuss…
- Her newest book, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
- Her book, Devotion: A Memoir
- How we are all connected
- Her history with Orthodox Judaism
- This sense that she had to pray though she didn’t know who or what she was praying to
- Her process of figuring out what she believes in a spiritual realm
- Living inside the questions, exploring spiritual wisdom
- How she moved away from an all or nothing mentality
- That if her only two choices are “all or nothing”, she’s going with nothing
- With her book Devotion: A Memoir, she wrote the book so that she could go on the journey, not the other way around
- “If you want to do something, begin it, because action has magic, grace and power in it.” – Goethe
- The “third thing” that’s essential in relationships
- What it means to walk through life with another person
- What it is like to be comfortable not knowing things in life
- The saying “we can make the best out of everything that happens” vs “everything happens for a reason”
- Her parents terrible accident
- The death of her father and it’s effect on her life
Dani Shapiro Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.