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, … Continue reading The stone is a piece of the living rock
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 … Continue reading Whither Charisma? A Variation on Stone Soup
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 … Continue reading From Bonds to Connection, from Contract to Community
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, … Continue reading Stone Soup, Mutual dependency, and a New Economic Order
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 … Continue reading Rise & Root
Stone Soup has a lot to contribute to how we live our lives.