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Two Minutes with Eve Ensler

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Best known for her groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues, and as a founder of V-Day, a movement to call attention to violence against women, Eve Ensler reveals her harrowing struggle with uterine cancer and explores how the ordeal allowed her to reclaim her own body in her intensely personal new memoir, In the Body of the World. We reached her in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she has been working to raise awareness about the use of sexual violence as an act of terrorism and war.You write about being forced into stillness by your illness.  Has any of that stillness stayed with you?Yes, there has been a shift in the energy that dominates my life. It has been a wildly active year, but I find there is this calm, still energy in the center of me. The old desperation of a do-or-die mentality seems to have lifted, and although I work nonstop it does not feel compulsive or manic. It feels organic and easy, still.What do you think it is in you that calls forth your highest self when facing adversity?Desperation, necessity, caring about something bigger than yourself, really smart frie …

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