When I saw the title -- well, when I heard the title in an interview with Edwidge Danticat -- of her book entitled Create Dangerously, I already knew that she was Shimerian. Then, I IIL-ed the book, read it -- and was even more convinced. No, of course she did not attend SHimer; but yes, she shares the spirit of Shimer. And it is not only because our tag line is "Dangerously Optimistic Since 1853." It is because Danticat is amazing -- as writer, thinker and likely more. Plus, she referenced Algerian (often mistaken for a Frenchman only) Albert Camus in her work.
Danticat, a Haitian writer, a Haitian American writer, a fiction writer and not, is interested in how one crosses borders, sometimes quite literally and sometimes quite figuratively, in life and in writing. To do so can be (again quite literally) dangerous. It can mean one's life (an interesting locution for the notion that one can be killed for one's writing, imprisoned for life, tortured and more). And, it can mean one;s life in an equally meaningful way, for such dangerous creativity can vivify, vitalize, create. Being a writer, a story teller, walks the edge of truth and lie, of life and death, of hope and possibility.
And, it is a political act. Camus knew this as does Danticat, who cites his work on this very topic. Here a her key chapter is: "Create Dangerously: THe Immigrant Artist at Work." After her description of the execution of two writers, Marcel Numa and Louis Drouin in 1964, she moves to an overarching theme: a disobeyed directive from a higher authority and a brutal punishment. For those told "do not write", the punishment for writing can be brutal. So too with preading. Here, much of what she writes about is familial: about the plesures and dangers of reading.
So: as we Shimerians read and write -- the pelasure and the dnger are both literal and figurative. For, both are more than leisure, more than "mere" thought. Each is an enactment of the world we expect, we live in and we resist.