The stone is a piece of the living rock

We can read Stone Soup all-the-while ignoring the stone. It can seem a mere place-holder, a no-thing. It's not. The stone is a stone. The stone, all stones, any stone is a fragment of the living rock. What does that mean? What is a living rock? We're standing on it. It's so big, so prominent, [...]


Whither Charisma? A Variation on Stone Soup

Andrew Taggart’s reflections on the founding story of Stone Soup attribute the success of the original beggar to personal charisma. Using the arts of magic, the beggar is able to mesmerise the villagers and charm them into parting with small individual gifts of food which, when added together to the communal soup pot, transform scarcity [...]

From Bonds to Connection, from Contract to Community

We are tied to each other, but beneath these bonds lies a deep connection that cannot be experienced without letting go of both the suspicion and the sense of duty we feel towards our bonds. Bonds are ties. Ties are compulsive. They are the fabric of domination, whether between us or within us. We live [...]

Stone Soup, Mutual dependency, and a New Economic Order

In "The Story of Stone Soup," as Antonio Dias tells it, a wandering beggar comes upon a village. Hungry and tired, he goes to each door and is met with the same answer again and again. There is, he is told, not enough to go around, and the door, half-opened, is soon closed upon him. Nearing despair, [...]

Rise & Root

Rima Staines has created this rune. She writes in part, For some time I have wanted to make an image with which to start a quiet revolution on the backs of service station toilet doors, on the billboards behind carparks, over the screens of insidious train-journey advertising. In deep hatred for the feeling I get [...]


Stone Soup has a lot to contribute to how we live our lives.