I am working on a book about what people do when they visit Masada, an ancient fortress in the Judean desert.
Masada is a giant rock, in the middle of a barren wasteland, next to a poisoned sea. It is also one of the most important symbols for the state of Israel. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Masada, where they hear the story of the Jews that died there fighting the Romans. I am working on a book that has almost nothing to do with Jews fighting Romans.
I am writing about the weird things that people do when they visit Masada and the significance of these actions. We might expect that when people visit a site of such historical and cultural significance they would treat that site in very specific ways. Mostly, they do. My book, however, will focus on the unexpected stuff, the graffiti, people dressing up in costumes, romantic moments, and various other peculiar occurrences that happen atop this old fortress.
Over the last ten years I have been using interviews and personal narratives, collecting stories from people to tell collective stories in writing and performance. I hope to do something similar with the stories I collect on Masada, to explore how these stories might offer new meanings to Masada.
The amount I am requesting will be used for travel to Israel and for food and lodging while I am there. Any money I receive past the goal will be used to support my writing when I return to the U.S.
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