The Frequency of Liberation

Local writer, essayist and independent scholar Ron Drummond will be reading from his newest book, The Frequency of Liberation, at Buffalo Street Books this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Over the course of 37 years, Drummond has published short stories, essays, criticisms — nearly every genre of writing. There’s plenty of his content to digest, and it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out where to begin.

For the first time in his career as a writer (which has included writing at least one piece for The Ithaca Times, as well as some ambitious work as a self-described “independent scholar”), Drummond has published a collection of his works, totalling around 100,000 words of content, titled The Frequency of Liberation. Within the collection, Drummond put together essays, short stories, letters and dream narratives it an “unsegregated gathering,” he wrote of his collection. Each piece flows from one to the next, generating a “a landscape of cross-talk and echoes.”

The works he chose encompass his personal best pieces, and what he calls the best 5 percent of the two million words he’s written in his career. The collection tackles many riddles about life and the human condition as a whole, highlighting different patterns the universe has presented to us.

Many of the writings call the readers to action, informing them of issues within the world they need to wake up to — many things that need to be recognized before it’s too late.

The book is not yet officially published, and Ithacans will have the chance to get a preview of what Drummond chose to include. Learn and understand the universe with Drummond as he tries to make sense of it.

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