Read By: Elif Batuman - 92Y, New York

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Read By: Elif Batuman

May 4, 2020

Elif Batuman on her selection:
I chose to read from Epictetus because he has always made me feel better at times when I have felt anxious about things outside of my control. Basically, Epictetus transforms “things out of my control” from something I have to worry extra about, into something I get to be proud of myself for not worrying about at all! For Epictetus, freeing ourselves from worry is a heroic feat, like being in the Olympics. I wrote about him once here.

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Intro and outro from "Shift of Currents" by Blue Dot Sessions // CC BY-NC 2.0

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